Plea to parents to play their part

Child at school gates

Slough Borough Council is calling on parents to play their part in continuing to keep the town’s children safe and in school as lockdown begins to be eased.

All pupils started back at school last week (from 8 March) and now the council is urging parents not to be complacent about lockdown, covid symptoms or any of the regulations after a small rise in case numbers in the borough. 

Councillor Natasa Pantelic, lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “It's great to see all children going back to school full time, happy to see their friends and learning together. I know it's a big relief for parents as home schooling has been very challenging for many families.

“But we still need to do all we can to make sure the lockdown easing doesn’t roll back all the progress we've made as a town.

“Covid is still out there; it's still circulating in our community and causing people to become
quite poorly.

“So it's really important children don’t go into school if they have any coronavirus symptoms, follow the guidelines the schools have laid out and young people and their parents play their part by not hanging around in groups at drop off and pick up, keeping their distance from others and not meeting in each others’ houses.

“Cases are much lower than they used to be, but since schools went back we have already seen a small increase in numbers again. We want to make sure this increase doesn’t turn into a trend.”

The current covid rate per 100,000 of the population is 99. Last week it was 80.2 per 100,000 of the population. In the most recent data available, two more people from Slough died due to covid (week ending 5 March) bringing the total number of Slough residents who have died of covid during the pandemic to 324. 

Symptoms of covid are a new continuous cough, a temperature and a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

Published: 16 March 2021