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MetiNews.Com - Fines will be issued as a last resort if parents do not send their kids back to school
Breaking News ! Parents could be fined if they refuse to send their children back to school on March 8. Boris Johnson revealed this week the first step out of lockdown will begin in less than two weeks as pupils return to classrooms. On Tuesday, unions have described the full re-opening as 'reckless', while headteachers spoke of the huge challenges ahead, reports Manchester Evening News. The government has now made it clear that attendance will be 'mandatory' and parents will have a legal duty to send their kids in. Under current laws, a council can give each parent a fine of £60, which rises to £120 each if the fine is not paid within 21 days. If the fine remains unpaid after 28 days you can be prosecuted for your child’s absence from school. This could result in a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or a jail sentence of up to three months. A Department for Education spokesperson said: "The Chief and Deputy Chief Medical Officers have highlighted the risks of not being in education on their development and mental health. “Schools should work with families to ensure children are attending full time. As usual, fines will sit alongside this, but only as a last resort and where there is no valid reason for absence.
. Speaking in the Commons yesterday, the Prime Minister insisted that while 'lifting the lockdown will result in more cases, infections and sadly more deaths', that is inevitable whenever it's done and told ministers that 'classrooms are the safest place for our young people to be'. Will you be sending your kids back? Join the debate below.
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At the same briefing, England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, said: "It is universally accepted there are huge advantages to children being in school from a health point of view, mental and physical, as well as from an educational and life course point of view. "The risk to children is incredibly low, from going to school and from catching covid. "Therefore we are confident that given the huge benefits of school, everything is strongly in favour of children going to school." The government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance added it's 'crucial' that children get back to school, saying the environment has been made 'progressively more safe'. He said: "We’re in a situation now where if we can get the children back we can measure after five weeks the effect. "We’ve got three weeks before a two-week holiday. This is the right thing to do and it’s right to get that as the top priority."
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