The DfE guidance is clear that many children and young people with EHC plans can safely remain at home. We have asked all educational setting to complete a risk assessment to inform whether a child or young person needs to continue to be offered a school/college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. We are about to launch a helpline number for parents to contact if they feel their child does need to attend school and we will review the risk assessment in these cases and facilitate a discussion about whether a child or young person should return to school.
In attending school at this time, it is important that parents understand that the experience for their child will be different than pre closure. For example, most schools have staff on rotas so there will be changes in teaching staff and teaching assistants, they may be using different classrooms and the structure of the day will be different. We appreciate this may be unsettling for some children and therefore the needs of some children will be best met at home. Schools are focusing primarily on ensuring they care for the child in a way that meets their needs.
You can contact us via email EHCPCOVID19Schoolplaces@cheshireeast.gov.uk. Please note this is for queries specifically relating to wanting your child to attend school during the current school closure and not about a child’s plan or needs assessment.