More than one in four parents have seen children forced to stay home since starting school, according to an ECHO survey.
Many parents out of the hundreds who responded reported their children developing symptoms and being asked by the school to stay home - but they also described how hard it was to get a test for coronavirus.
Schools across Merseyside have been forced to send pupils and in some cases whole year groups home, after students tested positive for the virus.
In one case, a nine-year-old boy went back to school only to catch a cold and be told to get a test or self isolate. The family have been trying unsuccessfully to get a test since 12 September.
In another, a girl at the school was said to have held a big 16th birthday party before coming down with coronavirus, and the whole of her year having to self isolate as a result.
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One mum said: "My two children went to school until [the] 14th. Picked up coughs, colds, throwing up. I've kept them off school. Now I have a cough and cold too. Can't get a test on the .Gov website. Worried about sending them back."
Another parent said: "My children were only in school for four days before one developed a cough. I had to keep both off school and isolate. It was very difficult to get a test so they could return to school."
As well as the 27% who had to take their children out of school again, roughly a third of parents responded saying that their kids have returned to school without issue, while another 31% said they were worried about sending their children back to school but it worked out in the end.
Just 7% said they hadn't sent their children back at all.
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