Derbyshire parents given update about collecting children from school as lockdown begins

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Parents in Derbyshire have been given an important update about collecting their children from school, as the national lockdown begins.

Derbyshire’s director of public health, Dean Wallace, has written to parents and carers across the county urging them to play their part in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Schools and colleges are remaining open during the new four-week lockdown, unlike back in March, but steps are being taken to reduce the risk of transmission there.

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Dean Wallace, Derbyshire's director of public healthDean Wallace, Derbyshire's director of public health
Dean Wallace, Derbyshire's director of public health

Mr Wallace said these measures include extra cleaning, creating ‘teaching bubbles’ and introducing staggered drop-off and pick-up times.

National guidelines also recommend that windows should be left open where possible to increase ventilation, with children allowed to wear extra clothing if necessary so they do not get too cold.

"You can continue to play your part too by following school procedures and social distancing, particularly during drop-off and pick-up times when larger groups come together,” wrote Mr Wallace.

He reminded parents to avoid physical and close contact with those from other households, to stay two metres apart where possible and to avoid standing in groups.

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"With winter approaching. we cannot afford to be complacent and I’d ask everyone to redouble their efforts to stick to the rules. If we all follow these rules, we will help to keep everyone safe,” he added.

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"I’d also ask you to consider wearing a face covering hen dropping off and collecting your children, as an additional measure to help reduce the risk of Covid-19 spreading.

"This doesn’t replace social distancing but is an extra recommendation to reduce the potential risk of transmission.”