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CHILDREN in the UK began returning to the classroom on June 1, as the government eased lockdown measures.

However a row between unions and councils continues to simmer over the reopening of schools, with some parents fearing they will be fined if they do not comply with government advice.

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Some parents feel it is too soon to send their children back to school but fear they will be fined
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Some parents feel it is too soon to send their children back to school but fear they will be fined[/caption]

Do I have to send my kids to school when they reopen?

The Government has said children in reception, and Years 1 and 6 will go back to school from June 1 on a full-time basis.

Other years will follow later in a phased process which has been described as a "protective measure" by officials.

"While we will not penalise for keeping children at home, once children are eligible to return to school, we will strongly encourage them to do so."

Children in Years 10, 12 and in further education will now begin to have face-to-face contact with their schools and colleges from June 15

Here is how to find out if your child's school is reopening on June 1.

Can I be fined if I don't?

Downing Street has said that parents who do not want their children to resume school for now will not be fined for the decision.

When asked by journalists if parents will be fined for refusing to send their kids back to school on the day announced by Government, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's official spokesman said: "The short answer is no, they won't."

However, the Children's Commissioner for England has said parents could face fines for not sending their children to school in September.

Anne Longfield told Sky News that in the meantime however, she did not expect anyone to be punished for keeping their kids out of school.

Some parents are in agreement with unions who believe it is too soon to reopen school as it puts children and staff at risk of catching coronavirus.

Some councils have also said they will not reopen schools just yet as a precautionary measure.

Under normal circumstances, when children miss school without a "good reason", each parent can be fined £60 by their local council, which rises to £120 if not paid within 21 days.

Under normal circumstances, keeping a child from school can result in a fine of £60 for each parent
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Under normal circumstances, keeping a child from school can result in a fine of £60 for each parent[/caption]

When am I allowed to keep my kids at home?

Until June 1, schools had been shut (from March 20) as a result of the lockdown due to coronavirus.

Children of key workers, however, have been able to attend classes.

Schoolchildren who have been kept at home have received learning resources in order to make sure they do not fall behind in their education.

Under normal rules, parents must have a reasonable explanation for keeping kids at home.

These include if kids are unwell.

Any other reasons such as holidays can result in prosecutions from local councils.

 

Will schools provide home learning resources if my child doesn't go back?

As it is illegal to prevent a child from receiving an education, it is highly unlikely that learning materials will not be provided for children who do not go back to school on June 1.

Schoolchildren should continue to receive learning materials.

Parents should contact the schools if they do not receive the support to educate their kids at home.



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