If families are not sending children to school then the most recent DfE advice is as follows:
Where a pupil is in self-isolation, in accordance with latest information and advice from Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, the pupil should be recorded as unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances in the attendance
register. Code Y (Unable to attend due to exceptional circumstances) should be used in this instance.
Where a pupil does not attend school despite the school operating as usual and is not self-isolating, the pupil will be marked as absent. It is for headteachers to determine whether or not the absence is authorised depending on the individual circumstances.
Where a pupil cannot attend school due to illness, as normally would happen, the pupil should be recorded as absent in the attendance register and the school will authorise the absence. Code I (Illness) should be used in this instance.
You can find more information relating to the coronavirus, including prevention methods via the following link:
Personal hygiene such as washing hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer is the best way to tackle the spread of the virus.