Schools are open, but is your child affected?

Today is the day that primary school children in reception, year 1 and year 6 return to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But with more than 20 councils across England advising schools not to open to more pupils this week, how do you know if your child's school is opening?

The best way to find out is by direct contact with the school and regular checks on the school's website, however, your local council are likely to know whether a school in its jurisdiction is set to reopen.

You can find a detailed guide on the reopening of schools in England on the government's website.

It states: "From the week commencing 1 June at the earliest, we will be asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups."

The decision to reopen schools has been opposed by educational unions and some parents are also reluctant to send their kids back, according to the National Foundation for Educational Research. However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reiterated the government's plans to reopen schools at a Downing Street press briefing last week.

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He said: "Firstly, as I set out on Sunday, we will now reopen schools to more children. Closing schools has deprived children of their education, and as so often it is the most disadvantaged pupils who risk being hardest hit."

"On Monday [June 1] we will start to put this right - in a safe way - by reopening nurseries and other early years settings and reception, year one and year six in primary schools. A fortnight later on 15 June, secondary schools will begin to provide some face-to-face contact time for years 10 and 12."

In other parts of the UK, schools are waiting to reopen. In Wales, Welsh Education Minister Kirsty Williams said schools will not be returning on June 1 but no other dates have been confirmed. In Scotland, schools are looking to return on August 11 and Northern Ireland is looking at September.