Parents and carers are being reminded to continue sending their children to school through to the end of term.

Attendance is mandatory unless schools or year groups are closed because of Covid-19 cases.

Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We’re approaching the end of what, because of the coronavirus pandemic, has been a very unusual term indeed – and I would like to thank our city’s wonderful teachers, parents and carers for everything they’ve done to ensure children have been able to attend school as much as possible in that time.

“There have been a number of Covid-19 cases which have affected schools across the city and has meant that bubbles have had to self isolate over recent weeks. If this has affected you, thank you for following the guidance and for supporting your child to continue their learning at home.

“We are now in the last week of term, and I would ask you to ensure your child continues to attend school right up until the Christmas break. 

“Most of our children have missed out on a substantial proportion of schooling this year, so every day in class counts – and please remember that attendance is mandatory once again, as long as your school and year group is open.

“Please also continue to keep on doing everything you can to stop the spread of coronavirus by wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing when you are dropping off or collecting your children.

“Once again, thank you for your continuing support during what has been an incredibly challenging time for us all.”

People are reminded that if anyone in their household has symptoms of Covid-19 – a fever, a new, persistent cough or a loss or change to their sense of taste or smell – they should stay away from school and book a test by visiting GOV.UK or by calling 119. Children should not come into school if any member of their household is awaiting a test result.