Alan Brookes from the Kent Association of Headteachers says social distancing and staggered school times are important in KMTV report

As thousands more pupils return to school for a full week in the classroom, parents are being reminded about the importance of social distancing at the gates.

In order to meet government guidelines and bring children back to their schools safely, start and finish times have had to be staggered to enable pupils and staff to 'bubble' in class or year groups in order to help control any spread of coronavirus. Scroll down to watch our special report.

Parents are being encouraged to not hang around at the gates once they've dropped or collected a child
Parents are being encouraged to not hang around at the gates once they've dropped or collected a child

The changes have meant new rules and guidelines for parents too with those dropping off or collecting being asked not to mingle or hang around outside of schools where possible to ensure everyone remains within their allocated groups and families do not all descend on entrances and exits all at the same time which could prevent social distancing being maintained.

Alan Brookes of the Kent Association of Headteachers says if parents and carers are able to 'stick to their times' for taking children to and from school it could also have the added benefit of better managing the traffic associated with the school run.
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