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School reopening information for parents

We know there's a lot of information and opinions online about schools reopening, which can make it difficult to find information you can trust. 

To help we've set out the facts for you below. Watch the video and look at the answers to parents' questions underneath the video.

Can my child return to school?

We know that over the next two weeks nearly all schools across Staffordshire will be re-opening for:

  • Nursery children
  • Reception, year 1 and year 6 of primary school.
  • Children at special schools
  • Year 10 or 12 students at secondary school, sixth form or college.
  • Children whose parents are key workers.

The plans for schools to open to more children before the summer holidays have changed. 

All schools are different, that's why it's up to each school to decide if, when and how they open.

If you haven't heard from your child's school get in touch with them to find out about their plans.

Find out more about the national guidance issued for parents.


What if my child is eligible but has siblings who are not?

  • Only children listed above will be able to return to nursery or school.
  • Siblings of children who are returning to school, but are not in the groups listed above must stay at home unless their parents are key workers.

Find out more about the national guidance issued for parents. 


How will risks to children, teachers and families be managed?

  • All schools have been told what they must do to keep children safe.
  • Staffordshire County Council has worked with schools to give them the support they need to open safely
  • Support includes advice and guidance on social distancing, as well as packs of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all schools.

Find out more about the national guidance issued for parents.


Will my child get their free school meal?

  • If your child has a free school meal, this will continue.
  • Schools and colleges should still offer meals or food parcels for children who cannot return to school and usually have free school meals.
  • Get in touch with your child's school for the latest update about what they are doing.

Find out more about the national guidance issued for parents.


If my child is eligible, is it compulsory for them to attend school?

  • Children and young people who can return to school are encouraged to do so unless they are self-isolating or shielding.
  • Speak to your school if you have any concerns or will not be taking up the place on offer.
  • Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.

Find out more about the national guidance issued for parents.

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