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Update from council leader - 16 December

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Cllr Paul Bettison, OBE, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, said:

This week I would like to thank our schools who are doing an outstanding job of keeping pupils as safe as possible while maintaining high quality and effective education for pupils in the classroom, as well as those who are unable to attend school at home. The council continues to work with schools to support them and will continue to help them manage outbreaks in line with our Outbreak Control Plan.

As we’re in the middle of a pandemic it is not unusual for school pupils to be asked to self-isolate as a result of being in close contact with someone who has tested positive. We must remember that this is something that is happening at schools across the country and is not unique to Bracknell Forest. You can find updates to schools in Bracknell Forest on our website.

I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all our school staff whose determination, resilience and hard work has been nothing short of awe-inspiring. I know they have often had to work long hours under difficult conditions, while learning new and complex skills like contact tracing – their dedication and sacrifices have not gone unnoticed.

As the term draws to a close, I do hope that all of our school staff can get some much-needed rest over the Christmas period.

I am also extremely grateful to the parents and carers who have co-operated and shown great resilience in either continuing to send their children to school if they were not asked to self-isolate, or to keep their children at home to self-isolate when necessary. More information about what to do if your child has been asked to self-isolate, has symptoms or has tested positive can be found on the NHS website.

With Christmas just around the corner I would like to take a moment to remind you that there will be changes to waste and recycling collections over the festive period. You can find the Christmas waste collections calendar and information about the new food waste service launching in March 2021 in the winter edition of Town & Country newspaper, which should have been delivered to all households across the borough.

Remember to stay safe, and have a good week.