Getting siblings to school when one child has to self isolate

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ShakespearesSisters Sun 15-Nov-20 22:06:04

So, had the dreaded text this evening. My year 2 child has to self isolate as a positive case is in her bubble. My year 4 child can still go. How is everyone managing to do the school run when there is only 1 parent at home and one child can't leave the house?

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puppygalore Sun 15-Nov-20 22:07:39

We were told unless another adult could bring the child, sibling could not attend. At first school tried to say it was ok for the isolating child to go on the school run, but then official advice overruled that.

Possums4evr Sun 15-Nov-20 22:09:25

Do you drive? I would drive with both dc and the older one could run in on their own surely? Or I would drop off a bit later.
Is there another parent elsewhere who could help?
Or if all else fails I'd keep them both home.

Jozilla Sun 15-Nov-20 22:10:08

My youngest is isolating, in a morning I take all my kids to school but me and my DD sit in the car and my two older ones (YR5 & YR4) walk in together, I sit and watch them walk in. Pickups grandparents have been doing luckily.

TrashKitten10 Sun 15-Nov-20 22:12:05

How far are you from school? Do you have any friends or family able to help? Know any parents from school who would be willing to take or pick up your Year 4?

katienana Sun 15-Nov-20 22:14:06

I drove and eldest who was isolating waited in the car while I saw reception age child to the gate. I would ask around if anyone can walk your child.

Lemons1571 Sun 15-Nov-20 22:16:40

I’d like to know the legality around this circumstance. It seems to be a grey area tbh.


ShakespearesSisters Sun 15-Nov-20 22:30:45

Yes, I was living in my own little bubble of ignorance on this question until I faced having to answer it.
20 min walk, 5 min drive but no where close or safe enough to let the year 4 child walk in by herself if I stay in the car, not going leave the year 2 child in the car while I walk the year 4 in. My parent friends are mainly in the year 2 childs class and don't live near by and a lot have the same sibling issues.
As the text came after their bedtime I'm going to have 2 disappointed girls tomorrow, the younger as she can't go to school and the elder because she has to.

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Possums4evr Sun 15-Nov-20 22:35:11

If you go later to the school can you park closer? I wouldn't have a problem leaving a year 2 child alone just for a few minutes - I wonder would the school send anyone out to meet her at the gate? Probably not enough staff for that. Worth calling to explain the issue.

sandragreen Sun 15-Nov-20 22:35:31

I would keep them both off in your situation.

Hardbackwriter Sun 15-Nov-20 22:38:11

I don't think technically the isolating child should be going out in a car, even if they stay in it, should they?

beela Sun 15-Nov-20 22:41:28

Phone the school in the morning and discuss. You surely won't be the only person with another child in a different class.

EasttoWest Sun 15-Nov-20 22:41:32

Parents have done drive by drop offs and a teacher gone to car to help child out

ShakespearesSisters Sun 15-Nov-20 22:43:15

Also, they share a room. Should I have the other one sleep in our room? They have spent the weekend either cuddling up or fighting so lots of close contact if she has caught it from school.

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tryingtocatchthewind Sun 15-Nov-20 22:45:02

If there are a few of you in the same situation can one parent walk the children up to the school whilst another watches a group of cars. That’s what I’m doing with a group of parents at the moment

Rollercoaster1920 Sun 15-Nov-20 22:45:44

Can another parent pick up from your home and do the school run? "The rulz" seem to allow it.

Someonesayroadtrip Sun 15-Nov-20 22:49:37

I'm in this situation, I wrote a thread a few weeks ago. Mine are all home.

We are in Wales, we had half term and during that we were told my youngest needed to isolate which,I have three other children but two of those children has additional needs. It would be 4 days of missed school and I spoke to the head who understood why I was keeping team off.

Problem for us is that they went back on the Friday and Friday evening I had another text for my eldest to isolate, he has additional needs so I can't leave him. It says not to leave the house on our message and my usual childcare is my extremely vulnerable parents so that's not an option. So they have just finished their first week and due back next Friday.

Our school were prepared to offer options and I have friends I could have asked but with additional needs mixed in it because more difficult.

Cupcakegirl13 Sun 15-Nov-20 22:51:21

In our school parents with one isolating child have been driving the child to school and another parent has walked the child in.

SnowmanDrinkingSnowballs Sun 15-Nov-20 22:51:35

Do you have a Facebook or WhatsApp group for the class parents of the child who will be still going in. In a situation like this I would be happy to pick up your child so might be worth asking.

myhobbyisouting Sun 15-Nov-20 22:54:31

You can't drive up to the school gates? Or within sight of them?

ShakespearesSisters Sun 15-Nov-20 23:10:40

I'm going to ask tomorrow if they will open the staff car park for parents with a sibling of affected class. They need to make allowances in these situations. Fingers crossed they say yes.

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ShakespearesSisters Sun 15-Nov-20 23:12:07

Then parents can stand by their cars and child can be sent to us rather than having to go to the gate.

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Sewsosew Sun 15-Nov-20 23:14:50

I was just going to say to see if school would allow you to use the car park slightly out of school drop off times.

WheresMyAlex Sun 15-Nov-20 23:18:41

We’ve just been through this and luckily one very kind mum agreed to walk my eldest to and from school for me. I checked with the school first that this would be allowed before asking.

bubblebubblebubbletrouble Sun 15-Nov-20 23:20:27

I drove & left my yr1 child in the car.
I walked yr5 dd halfway to breakfast club door so that I could see car & entrance.
Not ideal - but then neither was leaving them in the car to shop during lockdown1.
As a single parent I just do my best and make situational risk assessments 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

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