Dad voices concerns about parents not obeying social distancing rules outside Chesterfield school

A Chesterfield dad has voiced concerns about parents not observing social distancing outside his son’s school.

Wednesday, 30th September 2020, 7:00 am

Derbyshire Constabulary received a report about people breaching social distancing guidelines near the gates at Hady Primary School on Monday – the same day the headteacher confirmed a case of Covid-19 there.

The school on Hady Lane, Chesterfield, said it ‘cannot control’ people’s behaviour on public highways – and urged everyone to follow the rules to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

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Lee Waterhouse.

Lee Waterhouse, whose son attends the school, told the Derbyshire Times: “I urge other parents to adhere to social distancing.

“We all have to work together to end this quickly.

“When my son returned to school, I was concerned about the social distancing behaviours of other parents.

“The number of parents not adhering to social distancing at the school drive entrance confirmed my concerns,” added Lee, a well-known mental health campaigner in Chesterfield.

Hady Primary School.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “A concern was reported to us on Monday about people not observing social distancing guidelines near to the school gates at Hady Primary School.

“All schools have plans and procedures in place to manage the numbers of parents waiting at school drop off and collection times.

“We all have a personal responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and we would like to thank our communities for their support on this matter.

“It is important that we continue to work together to protect each other against the virus and the personal choices we all make are a key part of this. Please do the right thing.

“We would urge everyone to visit the Government website to ensure that they are aware of the latest rules.

“They are available at https://bit.ly/2G0cmaB.”

A spokesperson for Hady Primary said the school had issued several reminders to parents about maintaining social distancing.

They added: “Unfortunately, we cannot control the behaviour of members of the public, whether they are parents or not, on public highways and footpaths.

“That said, we have observed the vast majority of our parents adhering to the rules, certainly while on our site and while exiting it.”

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