A Burntwood school has told parents who keep their children off school when they are not in households requiring self-isolation will have unauthorised absences recorded.
A number of parents across the country have chosen to keep children off school due to the fears of a coronavirus outbreak.
But a letter to families from Fulfen Primary School said children should not be kept away unless they are formally self-isolating in line with Government guidelines.
Headteacher Jane Davies said the school was continuing to follow the advice from education chiefs at Staffordshire County Council.
“At Fulfen Primary School we will support parents in making the decision to self-isolate if this deemed appropriate for the children by parents or medical professionals.
“However, unless children have a high temperature or a new continuous cough, there is no need to stay at home.
“Parents will need to make this decision for themselves, if they feel this is appropriate, reflecting the government’s advice. We will continue to promote pupil attendance at school for all those who do not display symptoms.
“Current Staffordshire County Council guidance to schools for the Covid-19 outbreak states: Parents remain responsible for ensuring that children attend school when it is open. While recognising the anxieties that some parents may have, if a parent simply keeps their child off school without a valid reason then the head teacher will record the absence as unauthorised.
“We do appreciate that these measures may cause some inconvenience to parents, but during this situation we have to follow Government advice, safeguarding all our children, families and staff.”Jane Davies, Fulfen Primary School