Published: Tuesday, 1st December 2020

Parents and carers are being encouraged to continue to follow social distancing guidelines on the school run.

Following concerns from head teachers and some parents and carers, Medway Council is encouraging residents to continue to follow social distancing guidelines when they are dropping off and picking up their children from school.

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the rate of coronavirus infections in Medway and the council is encouraging residents to act now to help reduce the spread of the virus.

Medway Council has continued to work with head teachers and academy trust chief executives throughout the coronavirus pandemic to offer advice and support.

Schools have introduced their own measures to protect Medway’s children as well as parents, carers and school staff which may include staggered pick up and drop off times.

Parents and carers are encouraged to follow school guidelines on where to wait when picking up their children from school, and to keep their distance from others. Rather than chatting at the school gates they are encouraged to keep in touch in touch over the phone. Medway Council has created posters for schools to display to remind parents and carers to practice social distancing.

Children aged 11 and above, who are travelling to school on public transport, are also encouraged to wear face coverings on their journeys to and from school. It is also vital that after school young people try and stay within their bubbles.

If a child develops coronavirus symptoms parents and carers must ensure their child self-isolates and gets a test as quickly as possible. They must continue to self-isolate until they get the results. If your child tests positive, it is vital that you continue to self-isolate, follow the government advice and inform your child’s school as soon as possible.

Parents urged to act now to protect themselves and their children

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “We are pleased that many children are continuing to be taught at school but it is vital that they stick to their bubbles outside of school and that parents and carers follow social distancing guidelines at the school gate. We have all been affected by the ongoing pandemic and parents and carers are continuing to play an important role in the fight against coronavirus. Earlier this year, when schools across Medway were closed, in line with government advice, they rose to the challenge of helping their children learn at home.

“We are now encouraging them to continue to set an example for their children by following social distancing guidelines when dropping off and picking up their children at school. We all need to do our bit to stop the spread of the virus so we are able to return to our normal daily lives sooner.”

Cllr Martin Potter, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Education and Schools, said: “Throughout this challenging year Medway’s children and young people have adapted quickly and shown great resilience; this is testament to the hard work of parents, carers and schools. We understand that asking parents and carers to ensure their children continue to follow social distancing guidelines is not always an easy ask, but we must ensure the hard work of schools to establish a controlled environment is not undermined outside the school gates or when children are not in school. I would like to thank parents, carers, teachers, wider school staff and everyone else involved in helping our children continue to learn at home and in school.”

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