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Article date - 13 November 2020
Schools, colleges, and universities remain open in St Helens to continue to prioritise the wellbeing and long-term futures of young people.
One positive Coronavirus case in a school could mean that a whole class or year group needs to self-isolate, and in some cases, the entire school must close.
Parents, guardians, or anyone else picking up a child from the school gates can help to make a difference by making changes to their usual routine:
Cllr Anthony Burns, St Helens Borough Council’s cabinet member for public health, leisure, libraries and heritage, said: “We’re working closely with schools and colleges during this difficult time to ensure that students and staff are as staff as possible. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe.
“We’re asking parents to support their local schools and colleges by being ‘COVID-Aware’ and following the guidance in place to stop the spread of Covid-19 in our community.
“A whole school closing could have a serious impact on thousands of people, especially when parents are key workers or are unable to work from home.”
Sue Forster, director of public health for St Helens Borough Council, said: “There is new guidance that advises if your child has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable, they should not attend school. Their school will make arrangements for your child to continue their education at home.
“We know that this can be a worrying time for children and young people, and it can have a big impact on their mental health and wellbeing. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health and you think they need professional support, speak to the school and your GP about the best next step.
“It’s vital that we all follow the new restrictions and encourage our friends and families to do the same. The single most important thing that we can all do to fight Coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. You could have no symptoms but be infecting others in your community, so do remember to keep your distance, wear a face covering and wash your hands regularly.”
If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste you should:
To check the COVID-19 symptoms or to book a COVID-19 test, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 119.