Councillors are encouraging parents in the borough to work with their child’s school to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
The call comes just a week after many schools in our area reopened for students for the first time since June.
Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children, young people and education at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’ve seen reports of parents gathering at school gates around the region waiting for their children.
“I know that this is an exciting time for parents and children, with many youngsters starting primary and secondary school for the first time, but I would urge parents to always be mindful of the COVID-19 guidance and work with the Council and schools to keep everyone safe.
“We have done a lot of work with schools locally to make sure that your children are safe in their schools and that the risk of the virus spreading in those settings is absolutely minimal.
“It would be a shame if this work was wasted by parents and older relatives crowding outside school gates without proper considerations.
“Please do your bit to help keep children in school and keep schools open.”
If you are collecting your child from school, please aim to arrive at the designated time that your child is expected to finish at.
Social distance as much as possible, maintaining a distance of 2m from other people outside of your bubble.
Do not take other relatives or friends along unless absolutely necessary, and if the school gates are crowded, don’t add to it – wait across the road or further along on the pavement where you can still see your child when they finish school.
Lastly, if you are unable to wait nearby and have to stand in close proximity to other families, consider wearing a face mask whilst waiting for your child.
For up to date guidance on COVID-19 and how you can continue to keep North East Lincolnshire safe and open, visit GOV.UK.