PARENTS in Sefton have been told by Sefton Council to send their children back to the classroom this week, unless they are contacted directly by their child’s school or restrictions are tightened by the government
Many of England's primary schools reopened on Monday, January 4, but there are ongoing disagreements over whether pupils should be returning with the current Covid restrictions.
A joint letter from education unions has called for a "pause" in reopening schools with the number of coronavirus cases rising across the country.
However, the government said closing schools should only be a "last resort".
A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: “We are not asking schools and parents to change their plans. As a Tier 3 area which has a lower infection rate than others, the schools that are scheduled to reopen this week should do so, including primary and special schools as well as secondary schools for vulnerable and key worker children.
“We will work with school leaders and teams to ensure risk assessments are reviewed and updated if necessary, and shared with staff.
“We recognise the concerns of some staff and where this leads to individual school closure, we will work with and support schools if this happens. At this stage less than 24 hours before school starts this is hard to predict and we will keep this under constant review and monitor staff and pupil attendance.
“Fines for non-attendance are always a last resort and only when parents have not worked with the school around their specific circumstances.”