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Crossing patrols stood down while schools shut

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Crossing patrols are being stood down while schools remain shut during the coronavirus crisis.

Children with parents who are classed as key workers are still able to go into school – but council bosses say almost all of them are being taken in by car and dropped off safely inside the school gates.

With traffic also low following government guidance to stay inside unless absolutely necessary, chiefs have taken the decision to protect the patrols and reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:

We have been contacted by a number of schools saying they do not require the service during this unprecedented time, and would rather protect the patrols.
Many schools are opening their car parks for parent drop offs so they can drive straight into the grounds before going on to work.
Our schools have told us that no child arrived unaccompanied this week.
In light of that, and government advice, we feel this is the best decision at the current time. It will of course be reviewed regularly.
I want to thank the patrols for their continued support and all the excellent work they do during normal times in getting our children to school safely.

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