As the school term starts again, the county council’s cabinet member for schools is reminding parents to follow social distancing guidelines when picking up and dropping off their children.Advertisement
This comes amid concerns from parents and headteachers who have noticed some people congregating and standing close together outside schools.
People are being urged to follow government guidelines and stand over two metres apart where possible, even when talking to others outdoors when picking up and dropping off their children.
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County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “I know it is hard and it can be easy to forget to stand two metres apart when we’re outside school talking to others, but the virus can spread, even outdoors so it’s important we remember to follow the guidance.
“Congregating in groups is a particular problem as it means the virus can spread in local communities very quickly.
“We’re getting to winter now and with hospitals expected to get busier, it’s important we all try to keep our distance in and around schools. This will help us to protect our communities and reduce the pressure on our NHS at a time when our hospitals are coming under increasing pressure.”
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Children are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings on school transport. People aged 11 and over have to wear face coverings on public transport by law.
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Parents are also reminded not to send their child to school, after-school clubs or after-school activities if they, or a family member they have been in contact with, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
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