Don’t stand at school gates chatting, minister tells parents


Government minister today urged parents to “go straight home” after school rather than stand at the gates talking.

Mr Gibb said: “Parents need to be very careful of socially distancing.

“Hands, face, space –that’s still the rule for parents collecting their children from school.

“And they should take their children home. The roadmap doesn’t permit mixing of households at this stage.

“So we are saying that they just need to go straight home after school and keep socially distancing at the school gate as well.”

Mr Gibb also said he “worries” about people not social distancing, adding: “If you want to be fair to other people – as well as to prevent you yourself from contracting the virus – it’s really important to stick to the rules as they are set out and we all need to socially distance.”

Many schools have organised staggered start and finish times to prevent too many people mixing.

Schools Minister Nick Gibb at Goldfinch School today in Streatham

/ Jeremy Selwyn

Mr Gibb said it was “fine” for children in their bubble to take part in afterschool activities but added: “Every time we contravene the social distancing requirements it undermines our ability to defeat the virus and get the transmission rates down.

“If we want to continue along the roadmap as it is set out in the document then we just have to obey the rules that are set out.”

The Association of School and College Leaders chief Geoff Barton suggested that non-compliance from students could create “ramifications” for school insurance policies.


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