A fuming mum pulled her kids from school on their first day back after they claimed teachers told them to take their masks off.

Suzanne Byrne, 48, said staff at Woodchurch High School refused to let her children wear protective coverings which she had given them.

The school told the Liverpool Echo that it was following government guidelines and made an “informed decision” not to require masks.

But mum-of-three Suzanne said she doesn’t want her little ones back in the classroom without face coverings.

Suzanne’s eldest son Angelo Galindo, 15, called her just an hour in to the school day to say he had been told to take off his mask.

Angelo and Suzanne’s two other children, youngest son Roman Galindo, 13, and daughter Ireland Galindo, 12, who is disabled and has a neurological condition, all study at Woodchurch High School and were not allowed to wear masks.

Suzanne said: “My daughter is disabled and extremely vulnerable and so am I.

Suzanne pulled her kids out of school on the first day

“There’s no point protecting my daughter if my boys aren’t afforded the same protection. We will stay away from the school until they can wear masks."

The fuming mum is vulnerable to Covid-19 as she suffers from a lung condition, the Echo reported.

She and her family shielded in their home during lockdown and have followed government guidance since restrictions were relaxed.

Suzanne went straight to the school to protest the decision once she had spoken to her eldest.

She said: “There are government guidelines, but there’s nothing saying masks should be banned.

“Common sense should prevail. You cannot overrule the need to protect yourself and your family by being told you cannot wear a mask.

“We stayed in until August and now we’re going out the boys have been amazing, always wearing their masks when we go outside.

The fuming mum said face masks are a vital protection

”We haven’t done this for six months just to risk our health now. I’ve just got to sit here (at home) until we can reach some kind of compromise.”

Rebekah Phillips, headteacher at Woodchurch High School, said health and safety of pupils was at the top of the school’s priority list.

She said: “The school is following national guidelines, as set by [the] government. To that end, we have completed risk assessments and these have been submitted to the relevant external bodies.

“At this stage, in line with government guidelines, the school is able to exercise discretion on the wearing of face masks.

"We have therefore made an informed decision that the routine wearing of face coverings is not required, as the school is not situated in a high risk area at this time, and thus not subject to a 'local lockdown'.

The regulations applies to some secondary schools
Parents were told that schools are safe for children

“We will continue to follow government guidelines and make adjustments and changes as necessary and as directed, for the safety and well-being of all in our community. Sadly, however, one parent has chosen to remove her children from the school.

“Nevertheless, school is delighted with the phenomenally high level of attendance today, and the tremendous support from our families.”

It comes after parents were threatened with a huge fine if they stopped their kids from getting back in the classroom.

Parents will be forced to pay £120 if they refuse to send their kids to school as kids re-enter classrooms, it was reported this week.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said it would be a "last resort”.

Mr Gibbs warned of the risk to kids' mental health and said it could be "quite damaging" if they do not return.

Speaking to Sky News, he said: "Schools are mandatory in this country.

"So all the rules about attendance will apply from today.

"Fines have always been the last resort for headteachers but it is a tool to make sure young people are attending school."

This comes as the UK’s chief medical officer has warned fully reopening schools could send the R rate above 1 and spark a potential second wave.

The infection risk for children is considered to be low but with 453,000 teachers returning to work and parents gathering at school gates before and after school localised outbreaks may be inevitable.