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SCHOOLS will reopen across England on March 8 as part of Boris Johnson’s roadmap to exit the lockout, which is expected to be unveiled this afternoon

But can you keep your kids at home even though classrooms are no longer closed due to Covid-19?

Families who ignore government rules on raising their children will be punished unless they have a “good reason”

It is illegal to withhold your child from school, except for a small number of exceptions

This includes your child’s illness or if you have received prior permission from the school

Under current laws, a local council can impose a fine of £ 60 on each parent, which amounts to £ 120 each if the fine is not paid within 21 days

If the fine is still not paid after 28 days, you can be sued for your child’s absence from school

This could result in a fine of up to £ 2,500, a community order or a prison sentence of up to three months

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Education said: “The chief and deputy chief physicians stressed the risks of not being trained on their development and mental health

“Schools should work with families to ensure children attend full time As usual, fines will coincide with this, but only as a last resort and when there is no just cause absence “

However, the Department’s guidelines also state that schools should “keep in mind the potential concerns of students, parents and households who may be reluctant or anxious to attend school and put in place the right support to remedy it “

Children particularly vulnerable to coronavirus and those with weakened immune systems are exempted from compulsory school attendance

The last time schools reopened, students formed bubbles in their grade group and were told to stay home in the event of an outbreak among the students

It is also strongly recommended that parents ensure that their children’s other immunizations are up to date

School leaders unions, the Association of School and College Leaders and the National Association of School Principals agree that it is fair to prioritize keeping students in class

They called on ministers to be transparent about the risks to children, families and school staff

Unions have previously called on the government to end fines on parents who prevent their children from going to school, reports the Guardian

NEU Deputy Secretary General Kevin Courtney insisted last November that ONS data showed schools “are a driver of virus transmission”

A joint statement by teachers’ unions this week warned that bringing all pupils in England back to school on March 8 would be “unwise”

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