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26.08.2020

Parents warned against gossiping at the school gates because of coronavirus risk

Parents should not linger to gossip at the school gates because of the risk of passing coronavirus between families, Gavin Williamson said today.

The Education Secretary spoke out while visiting a London school to see the innovations that heads and teachers have put in place to prevent Covid-19 spreading inside the classrooms.

Mr Williamson spent over an hour touring the classrooms and corridors at Harris Primary Academy, south London, where new hand-washing stations, one-way systems and rigorous cleaning regimes have been set up over the summer.

The minister said the school was a shining example of the huge effort being made to get every pupil back into full-time lessons. But he said parents would have to resist the temptation to hang around for a chat after dropping off their offspring.

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