Headteachers have warned the government needs to be on “high alert” as 122,000 pupils were off school last week with Covid or having a suspected infection.
They have also warned that some schools could struggle to remain open and the next few weeks are going to be “crucial.”
On 16 September the Department for Education showed that less than 92% of children were in school as almost 6,000 had Covid, with 16,000 isolating and 2,000 pupils were off “due to attendance restrictions being in place to manage an outbreak.”
Paul Whiteman, general secretary of school leader’s union NAHT said, “These numbers reflect the latest changes to Government policy, which require far fewer pupils to self-isolate when there is a positive case identified in school.
“However, it is important to note that these national figures mask some significant issues arising at a local level, and we already know of schools that are struggling to keep classes open due to outbreaks occurring.
“It is crucial that both central and local government are now on high alert and are ready to react quickly if and when cases rise rapidly or outbreaks occur.
“The next few weeks will be crucial.”