As we are near the half-way point in the current national lockdown, I thought it would be a good time to remind all of the national rules and how they affect our children in and out of school.
Why are we closely obeying the lockdown rules? Children need to be in school for their own physical and mental wellbeing and lower rates of infection locally helps us to stay fully open. Many schools are having part closures due to staff/pupils self-isolating. Children in school means more people at work – we see our part in this process. Less transmission in our community protects the vulnerable. We also see the need to avoid unnecessary pressure on the NHS.
Hands: are our children really doing this at school and at home? We have to remind them repeatedly.
Face: mask-wearing is the new normal and will be for some time. It has to be a routine as a blazer, tie and reading book.
Space: Are our children still trying to avoid the kind of close contact that they would normally have in life? In and out of school? They are trying so hard in school – it’s hard for them to remember; does this continue outside of school – especially when travelling to school.
This is quite complicated and is worthy of detailed explanation again. We are not to be socialising. At the moment we are all very much apart socially.
A SUPPORT bubble allows a single parent/carer who lives with children to get support from another household.
This is not simply about 2 families getting together to socialise. It is a step to support a single adult (with child/children) with another household. These bubbles can’t change. Only 1 allowed. Even in these bubbles, we should be practising social distancing where possible. These two households then become one.
A CHILDCARE bubble is the same as above except it is for the purpose of sharing the looking-after of children 13 and under. Two households can make one childcare bubble (even if they are not single parents/carers). These bubbles can’t change. Only 1 allowed. These two households then become one.
You can have one of each type of bubble.
Bubbles and self-isolating: if someone in a household has symptoms, is waiting for a test or is positive, ALL the people in the bubble have to stay at home.
Where children live in 2 households in the case of separated or divorced parents, these 2 households are considered a single household, so if someone in one of these household has symptoms, is waiting for a test or is positive, ALL the people in the bubble have to stay at home.