Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-09-02

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21 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020 Produced in partnershi­p with UK Government The smart way to travel HANDS UP Most kids can’t wait to get back to school – and their friends WALKING or cycling is the safest and healthiest way to get to school or college. IF you need to take public transport, take extra care, wear a face covering and maintain social distancing. WASH your hands before you leave and when you arrive. IN school buildings, face coverings are advised for children over 11 and parents. ■ ■ ■ ■ often those parents don’t have the resources to entertain and teach their children. That increased screen time will have affected children’s mental health: it increases anxiety, especially with those who are more vulnerable to that.” For Chloe Williams, a beauty therapy student at Weston College, Somerset, the return can’t come soon enough. “I feel ready to go for a long-awaited 2020, and seeing the new socially distanced facilities has been great,” she says. “My tutors are very approachab­le if I have any worries, and we are all helping each other.” Public Health England chief nurse Viv Bennett says: “Parents can be reassured that to maximise safety in schools, an extremely stringent system of controls has been advised by PHE and is published in Department for Education guidance. Evidence so far indicates that schools do not appear to be a primary driver of coronaviru­s infections in the community. Globally, children and young people have been found to experience coronaviru­s asymptomat­ically or as a minor illness.” The Government’s new Wellbeing for Education Return package has training and resources for teachers and young people to protect their wellbeing and mental health. Now the NHS Test and Trace system is up and running, and there’s more understand­ing about how we can stay safer. Children should stay at home if they have symptoms such as a fever, continuous cough or loss of taste and smell. If there is an outbreak at a school or college, local health protection teams will work with staff to agree what action is needed. Schools shouldn’t need to close fully, but if they do there’ll be a contingenc­y plan in place to make sure children’s education continues. Kids need to communicat­e with friends face to face DR KALANIT BEN-ARI PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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