Covid-19 – Latest Guidance – 6.00pm 29th June 2020

James Williams

Main points from today

  • Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, told LBC radio the planned return of all pupils in England will be “compulsory”.  He added that parents could be fined unless there is a “good reason” for their child’s absence.
  • He said a detailed plan on how the government will bring all children back to the classroom for the autumn term will be set out by the end of this week.
  • The latest attendance figures from the DfE show that around a third (34%) of year six pupils attended school on 18 June, up from 26% the week before. In year one, around a quarter (26%) were in the classroom, up from a fifth on 11 June.  Attendance in reception stood at 29%, up from 22% the previous week.
  • Mandatory MOT testing to be reintroduced from 1 August 2020.
  • 901 confirmed new cases on Sunday 28 June 2020. 43,550 deaths with 36 deaths yesterday.

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
No new guidance today.

CJRS guidance can be found here:-
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme guidance is here:-
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Latest Guidance (health)
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do until 4 July
Updated 24 June 2020

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4 July
Updated 24 June 2020

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes
Secretary of State for Education issues a third notice, covering July 2020, to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. 2:54pm, 29 June 2020

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes
Secretary of State for Education issues a third notice to modify pupil registration requirements when providing education on a temporary basis during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  2:54pm, 29 June 2020

This is the law relating to schools.  Nothing remarkable, but interesting that the ‘disapplication notice’ basically means attendance at school is not compulsory in July, because there is no offence of ‘failure of parents to secure regular attendance at school of a registered pupil.’

The ‘modification notice’ relates to registration of pupils.  It is of interest mainly because it acknowledges that different schools are taking different approaches to the wider opening:-

Some schools have closed their premises because provision was no longer viable in light of the small number of pupils attending at school. Recently the phased return of more students to their school has resulted in the majority of schools making on-site provision for some year groups with smaller classes (in order to implement protective measures). However, some children (including some vulnerable children and some children of critical workers) will continue to need to attend a school other than the school at which they are registered as a pupil because of the need to implement protective measures, such as maintaining distance, or because their year group or school remains closed.

The collections are:-
Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) – What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General Guidance
The general coronavirus guidance starts here:-

James Williams – Solicitor

James Williams

I am a qualified Employment Law and HR Solicitor. I specialise in acting for schools and advise on all aspects of employment law and HR including attending employee meetings, advising senior leaders, conducting redundancy consultations, drafting contracts of employment, advising on policies and procedures and negotiating settlement agreements.