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It’s compulsory for children to return to school in September

Central Bedfordshire Council has launched a new online helpdesk for parents and carers requiring support or advice relating to the reopening of schools in September.

The Government has confirmed that it will be compulsory for children to return to school in September for the start of the new term.

Every school is required to undertake a rigorous risk assessment and have detailed plans in place for the September return, to help keep pupils safe, and schools will be able to advise parents and carers, on these plans.

Deputy executive member for Families, Education and Children, Cllr Amanda Dodwell, said:

“We understand that the COVID-19 national health emergency has put pressures on children and families, particularly in regard to not attending school and missing that everyday interaction with teachers and other pupils.

“While restrictions are starting to ease, it’s clear that the virus has not gone away, so we must all remain vigilant and follow guidelines, such as washing our hands and social distancing, to help stop the spread.

“But we also want to help families adjust back into a more familiar routine once schools reopen in September, after the summer break.

“We already have a wealth of information on our website about schools in relation to COVID-19, but with this additional service we aim to alleviate any other concerns that parents and carers may have about their child returning to school. And, if required, we will also ensure that your child’s school is aware of any concerns before they return.”

Helpdesk will be monitored throughout the summer holidays

To help understand and address some of the concerns that families may have about children returning to school, parents and carers can now seek advice and guidance via the Council’s website, on a range of topics including:

  • Educational psychology
  • Exclusion/behaviour concerns
  • Admissions
  • Attendance
  • School transport

An online form can be accessed at here and will be monitored throughout the summer holidays, up until September 13.

This does not replace the way people can immediately report to the Council if they think a child is being harmed or at risk of being harmed. In which case, phone 0300 300 8585 (out of hours 0300 300 8123).

Further Government guidance for parents and carers on the return to school in September can be found here.