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Coronavirus COVID-19 frequently asked questions for schools

Attendance

Attendance penalty notices

The Secretary of State has also written to Directors of Children’s Services setting out the department’s expectation that no parent is penalised for their child’s non-attendance due to Covid-19. In that letter, LAs have been asked to: suspend any penalty notice action or prosecutions for Covid-19 related absence with immediate effect

new cases should not be taken forward and any cases from 16th March should be withdrawn - this approach should also be applied to prosecutions for non-attendance

Please note that existing (non Covid-19 related) prosecutions that have been received by WCF and Babcock prior to 16 March will continue.