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Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, Jonathan Gribbin, warns parents to use common sense in light of school closures

Parents have been asked to use their common sense after initial figures suggested that more children are attending school than during the first lockdown.

This was the stark warning given by the director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, Jonathan Gribbin.

Jonathan Gribbin (42666025)
Jonathan Gribbin (42666025)

Mr Gribbin, who addressed the media in a weekly covid briefing, said: "We want to acknowledge the impact on our residents after the introduction of the new lockdown measures, not only on our citizens who are getting their heads around it for their own domestic impactions, but also the enormous implications there have been for our headteachers, for teaching staff and non-teaching staff in our schools, who are all working under enormous pressure.

"The early data indicates [children] are taking up their place in this lockdown, and it is much higher than the lockdown back in spring.

"I want to appeal to our parents and carers. As our schools come to terms with this and put the best possible arrangements in place, that those of us with children who may be critical or key workers exercise a very high degree of considerateness in the way that we use our entitlement on behalf of our children to those eligible places.

"The current situation, which is a global pandemic and a national emergency, needs people to exercise their common sense."

When asked if the increased number of children remaining in schools would have an impact on the effectiveness of the current lockdown, he said: "My understanding is that somewhere between 20% and 60% of school places have been taken up by children of either critical workers or children who need to be in school for other valid reasons.

"The number is unclear at the moment and all of the changes that have been made brought created a fair amount of disruption."

Mr Gribbin stated that of the 280 primary schools in Nottinghamshire county, around 180 of those have maintained the level of previous lockdowns.

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