Pupils told to leave ties, blazers and bags at home as schools reopen and parents ordered not to ‘natter’ at gates – The Sun

PUPILS will be told to leave their ties, blazers and bags at home and parents warned not to "natter" at the gates as schools prepare to reopen tomorrow.

Some students have been told not to bring in any of their uniform that isn't washed regularly in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

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While a few schools have even advised pupils to wear their PE kit every day instead of their normal uniform so they won't need to use changing rooms after sporting activities.

Mums and dads will also be barred from chatting at the school gates, with parents instead given timed slots to drop their kids off to avoid crowds gathering, The Sunday Telegraph reports.

Headteachers have written to parents about the new measures as children prepare to return to school tomorrow.

Neil Roskilly, chief executive of the Independent Schools Association, said: "Schools are giving parents a set time to drop children off rather than have them queuing at the gate.

"The difficulty is that parents love to congregate and chat at the school gates, they have their daily natter.

"Those are old habits and they are difficult to break. Schools are asking them not to.”


Reception, year one and year six students will head back to classrooms tomorrow – but headteachers have warned they will look very different with strict social distancing measures in place.

Secondary schools have also been asked to welcome back students in year 10 and 12 who are mid-way through exams from June 15.

Some schools have adopted their own measures to prevent spreading the disease – including one that is planning to put children inside a hoop on the playground.

Many are also planning to ask pupils to bring in their own packed lunches to reduce the number of staff needed on site.

But Mr Roskilly warned most schools that ask pupils to wear a blazer, tie, hat or any other “non-essential” items, will be telling children not to wear them.
And younger kids will not be able to bring cuddly toys or other non-essential possessions to school.


Some schools will also provide children with a plastic wallet to keep their stationary in the classroom overnight so they do not need to bring their bags in.

Christopher King, chief executive of the Independent Prep School Association, said some members have asked children to wear their PE kit to school every day rather than their usual uniform.

He told the newspaper: “Many schools are fortunate to have a large site with playing fields and they are looking to incorporate some physical activity into the timetable every day.

“They are asking the pupils to come to school ready changed, because changing rooms are problematic. So this removes one other stress.

“We are told quite clearly by the Government that being outside is a great deal safer than being inside. It seems sensible, if you have the opportunity, to be outside as much as you can.”


It comes as one in four teachers will only be able to work from home when schools reopen after lockdown tomorrow – while classrooms will only be half full.

A study found many school staff, including teachers and classrooms assistants, would not be able to return to work this week.

Some teachers have health conditions, such as asthma and diabetes, or live with a vulnerable family member, such as a pregnant wife or girlfriend.

Others are at a higher risk because of their age.

The National Foundation for Educational Research study has prompted fears that shortages will affect schools' ability to provide the same level of teaching quality.

The report, based on a survey of more than 1,200 senior leaders in schools in England, suggests heads are expecting nearly half (46 per cent) of families to keep their kids at home.

Meanwhile a poll conducted by the National Association of Head Teachers found that nine out of ten members intended to open their schools tomorrow.

Schools, colleges and nurseries closed more than nine weeks ago due to the Covid-19 outbreak, remaining open only for vulnerable youngsters and the children of key workers.


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Belmont Park to return to racing: Inside hurdles that were cleared

Rick Schosberg begins his Mondays at 4:15 a.m., when he arrives at Belmont Park to train his horses and help the nearly 600 backstretch workers who call the track home to stay safe during the coronavirus era.

Racing will finally return to Belmont on Wednesday, but the work of training and caring for horses never stopped, even as the pandemic began to shut down the state in March.

“It’s a whole new world out there, but I think everybody really showed the incentive to do everything they could to show the powers that be and the governor’s office that we really are serious about making sure everybody remains healthy while we’re going about our daily business,” Schosberg, a veteran trainer and chair of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s backstretch/safety committee, told The Post on Friday.

“I think the backstretch community and all the organizations, working together in lockstep for a single initiative, not only did it help us during this but moving forward, it shows we can communicate and we can work together on all initiatives to better our industry. Like our governor said, we’re not looking to get back to where we were, we’re looking to get better.”

So Schosberg rises early. Mondays are the distribution days for masks and gloves and other personal protective equipment, and Schosberg is part of the group that helps facilitate it. He checks in on the barns around his own and makes sure they are all fully equipped for the week ahead.

When he gets to his barn, it’s time for temperature checks. In addition to the ones conducted for anybody entering through Gate 6, each trainer now has a thermal thermometer and is required to take the temperature of all their working staff. If a barn has 40 horses, there may be eight grooms and eight hot walkers and five exercise riders and an assistant trainer to check in on, each one playing an important role in the day-to-day care of a racehorse, no matter if there is a race to run or not.

“We go about our business in a new, more creative way,” Schosberg said. “Like when a horse comes back from the track, instead of having three people in the stall, there’s two people in the stall. So they stay far apart. … And then the groom will walk the horse out into the shed or out onto the wash area to the hot walker, so that they stay far apart. And then during the washing period, there’s plenty of safe distance between the two people while they still keep their face coverings on.

“So it’s a little different, it looks a little different, but it’s working.”

Working in the barn can be a dirty job, so early-and-often handwashing was already part of the daily routine for grooms. Now there’s even more cleaning — everything from pitchforks and rakes to pens gets cleaned off and wiped down with either a bleach product or an isopropyl alcohol wash every morning, Schosberg said.

It took a team effort from NYTHA, the New York Racing Association, the Backstretch Employee Service Team and the New York Race Track Chaplaincy — led by the “heroic” chaplain Humberto Chavez, Schosberg said — to adapt to the new normal, which began with setting up a quarantine facility when COVID-19 began to hit the state. The Belmont backstretch community did lose one of its own in April, when a 63-year-old groom, Martin Zapata, died from complications of coronavirus.

But Schosberg said the health protocols and use of protective equipment have helped make “a huge difference” in keeping the community safe, paving the way for Wednesday’s opening day of races.

“I think you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out the fact that this stuff works when used properly,” Schosberg said. “If we’re going to achieve our goal, to be back racing and hopefully at some point with our owners to be able to come see their horses and maybe a limited-size crowd at some point in the future, don’t take our foot off the accelerator.”

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Save up to 68% on social distancing essentials like UV wands, face masks and sanitizers

Lockdown guidelines are starting to loosen, but, do you have everything you need to stay protected once you are out and about? To help you out, we’ve rounded up some top masks, UV wands, and more that are all on sale. And, if you’re still planning on staying inside for a while, we’ve even thrown in a few deals on cleaning supplies, bidets, and more to improve the time you spend inside.

You can shop them all right now and save up to 68% off the usual price.


These reusable masks, which come in four, stylish patterns, are made of poly span fabric for a comfortable, never-itchy fit.

With 3 high-density filter layers and an adjustable nose bridge, these masks can help prevent contamination from bacteria, dust, pollen, or coughing.

These stretchy, washable masks are large enough to cover your nose, mouth, and face without needing to be adjusted.

These double cotton masks block out harmful airborne particles without sacrificing comfort and breathability.

NOTE: These masks are not substitutes for the N95 surgical masks, however, provide another line of defense to the virus.

These masks are made of high-quality non-woven fabric and feature a 5-layer design to provide 95% filtration against airborne particles.

This sparkly mask, which is lined with a soft, knit fabric, allows you to follow CDC guidelines without sacrificing style.

NOTE: This mask is not a substitute for the N95 surgical masks, however, it provides another line of defense to the virus.

These protective visors are made from PET plastic so you can see clearly while staying protected.

Note: Face shields are not meant to function as primary respiratory protection and should be used concurrently with a medical mask.

With this neoprene and fleece mask, you can cover your ears and neck as well as your nose and mouth, for protection even in the coldest weather conditions.

UV Wands

Using a medical-grade UV-C bulb, this sanitizing wand can kill 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and germs in under 10 seconds.

Disinfect regularly used surfaces like kitchen counters, sofas, and children’s toys with this 254nm UV-C light.

This sanitizer wand provides 6 to 8 hours of use on a full charge, allowing you to sanitize surfaces at home and on-the-go.

Cleaning Supplies & Sanitizers

Clean even the hardest to reach places with a variety of brush shapes designed as attachments for your cordless drill.

Keep your smartphone, laptop, tablet, glasses, and more squeaky clean while you work from home with this odorless cleaner and microfiber cloth.

With 67% Ethyl Alcohol, this sanitizer fights 99.9% of germs without drying out your skin.


Instead of hunting down toilet paper, make the switch to a bidet in just 10 minutes with this ones’ easy installation.

This bidet seat, which is rated 4.5/5-stars on Amazon, features all the bells and whistles you could possibly imagine.

Health Tracking Devices

Monitor your oxygen levels at home and on-the-go with the Fingertip Pulse Oximeter.

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UK weather forecast – Rain to ruin 28C heatwave next week…just when Brits are allowed BBQs and garden parties – The Sun

THE UK will see the last of the heatwave this weekend as next week rainstorms are set to batter parts of the country. 

The end of the hot weather will come as a disappointment to many Brits, who after Boris Johnson's announcement earlier this week, allowing garden parties with other social "bubbles".

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This bad weather will end the summer heatwave which saw temperatures reach high 2os with this Sunday peaking at a scorching 28C.

Sunday is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.

The Met Office said that there will be an "increased changed of rain" next week with some areas predicted to see up to 17mm in just 24 hours.

Met Office forecaster Nicola Mazey said: "There is little in the way of rain on the forecast for the next few days.

"It’s going to be sunny and warm and temperatures are going to continue rising into the weekend with 28C expected by Friday.

"On Sunday, the last day of the month, we could even see the hottest day of the year so far as temperatures creep up.

Met Office’s Aidan McGivern added today that we can expect to see subtle changes from the beginning of next week before a "more significant change" later in the week.

He continued: "For the start of next week, subtle changes taking place as an area of low pressure approaches northern Scotland.

"This will bring cooler and more unsettled weather to the North."

"It looks likely that northern parts of the country will see a change to cooler more unsettled weather around the early part of next week.

"Southern parts of the country will get hotter for a time before then also starting this gradual change to cooler more unsettled weather with an increased chance of rain or showers."

The PM confirmed friends and families will be able to meet in socially distanced groups of six from Monday.

People in England can meet in groups of six in parks or private gardens from Monday, as he lifted some lockdown rules.

The PM revealed that the five tests for easing the nation had finally been met, meaning he can ease some of the country's strict restrictions.

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To avoid coronavirus is it safer to eat outside at restaurants?

NYC restaurants get creative with ‘the new normal’

Fox News’ Alex Hogan discusses how some New York City restaurants are selling groceries and using outside pop-up tables to keep their businesses running during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The experience of eating at a restaurant won’t be the same anytime soon thanks to the new normal of the coronavirus.

But as more restaurants reopen dining rooms with social distancing measures in place, health experts say the risk of exposure to COVID-19 is still there. However, outdoor dining from a distance may be a safer alternative.

Delaney Thayer wears a face mask as she serves diners Jennifer Allen, left, and Julie Steacy at Centro Cocina Mexicana restaurant in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, as part of Sacramento County’s extended Stage 2 reopening plan. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncell

"Outside is better than inside, you get a little more oxygenation," Dr. Dean Hart, a New York-based microbiologist, tells FOX Business. "The virus is delicate, it'll live better inside, but if someone is sick or asymptomatic there's still a risk of being exposed to germs in the air or outside if, say, the wind blows even if someone is seated six feet apart."

The Food and Drug Administration has not found the coronavirus to be spread through food packaging or through food, however, Hart stresses the importance of not sharing food, drinks, utensils or communal table items like menus and washing hands before and after meals.

"This is not a foodborne illness [to worry about at restaurants], this is a social distancing issue," he said. "Keep the same sort of concerns that you would in any other social setting whether it be shopping at the grocery store or while eating outside at a restaurant. Be aware of the high-touch points and be cognizant if the facility has someone who is sanitizing."

Restaurants in harder-hit COVID-19 regions such as New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut have started to allow eaters to dine outside at restaurants. Here's how to do so safely.

Be diligent when dining out 

While restaurants are mandated to follow health and safety guidelines for state and local authorities, it doesn’t hurt to do your own analysis if there’s a local restaurant you know and trust and want to consider dining out.


Be sure staffers are upholding CDC guidelines for health and safety. Are servers wearing masks? Are tables free of shared items like salt and pepper shakers?  Are there paper menus and tables separated at least 6 feet apart? All of these measures are things to consider.


Todd Frantz, a food safety manager for UL, a global safety company, notes that many restaurants have already retrofitted restaurants with sanitation stations and dividers to separate diners.


"Restaurants have always had to follow health and safety guidelines, but now sanitizer is being made available for guests, plexiglass dividers are being installed between booths and eating spaces, there are certain things that the restaurant industry is going to be able to roll with pretty easily. There's a pretty good safety net in place if they're all being followed," Frantz explained.

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Hospital shut to new patients after porters and cleaners unwittingly spread Covid-19 – The Sun

PORTERS were unwittingly spreading Covid at a hospital since closed to new patients for at least a week.

More than 200 porters and cleaners were screened after a spike in cases.

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At least 80 tested positive. Many showed no symptoms.

All 2,000 staff are now being screened while rooms are deep cleaned at Weston General Hospital, Somerset.

The hospital has not been accepting new patients since 8am on Monday.

A leaked memo revealed cases in patients rose from 30 to 64 last week.

A source close to the hospital told The Sun: "It's workers like porters, cleaners and admin staff who are going all around the hospital working hard to keep things ticking over.

"Some of these staff were asymptomatic so until the number of cases among staff and patients became apparent it was not clear they were spreading it.

"The hospital first tested over 200 porters and other similar staff and found that 40 per cent had the virus."

Unison rep Liz French said worried staff had been left in the dark by bosses.


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Rod Rosenstein to be first witness in Senate panel’s Russia probe review

Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be the inaugural witness in the Senate Judiciary Committee’s investigation into the beginnings of the Russia probe.

Rosenstein, who played a critical role in the investigation and appointed then special counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017, will appear next Wednesday before Sen. Lindsey Graham’s panel.

“This will be the first in a series of oversight hearings regarding all things Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller investigation,” the South Carolina Republican said in a statement released Wednesday.

“Crossfire Hurricane” was the name the FBI gave to the investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

The initial investigation was launched in July 2016 by the FBI, and Mueller concluded in his report released in April 2019.

Mueller concluded that his investigators found no evidence that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russians.
Rosenstein, who left the Justice Department in May 2019 and is now employed by the law firm King & Spalding, oversaw the Russia investigation after former Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

President Trump has blasted the FBI and its former Director James Comey for launching the investigation into his campaign as a means to discredit his administration in case he won the 2016 election.

Recently, he has said former President Barack Obama was behind the plot, referring to it as “ObamaGate.”

Trump has publicly called on Graham, an ally, to begin an investigation, writing on Twitter earlier this month, “just do it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. No more talk.”

Graham wants Rosenstein to testify about the findings from Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz.

Horowitz testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last December that his investigation found “significant inaccuracies and omissions” in applications to monitor Trump campaign officials, including Carter Page.

Attorney General William Barr has also appointed US attorney John Durham to investigate the origins of the Russia probe.

And on Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it had appointed John Bash, a US attorney in Texas, to review the “unmasking” process of Trump officials around the time of the 2016 presidential election.

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Ruby Rose Refuses to Reveal Why She Really Left 'Batwoman'

In the history of television, there have been very few instances when a leading actor has left their role on television. Last week, when The CW announced that Ruby Rose would be exiting her groundbreaking role as Kate Kane on Batwoman, jaws dropped.

When Rose was cast in the role back in 2018, fans were delighted that the Arrowverse was going to be introducing an LGBTQ character to the franchise. Even more empowering was Rose’s casting since the Orange Is the New Black actress is openly gay.

Though Batwoman premiered to great reviews in October 2019, and The CW has renewed the series for Season 2, Rose will not be returning to the titular role. In fact, she refuses to address why she left the show.

RELATED: Ruby Rose Is Leaving ‘Batwoman,’ Something an Arrowverse Lead Has Never Done Before

Things were not working between Ruby Rose and The CW

There was a ton of initial excitement when Rose was first cast in Batwoman. Unfortunately, that soured rather quickly. The Australian actress left social media after being bullied and harassed. Then, early into filming the series, the 34-year-old endured a horrific back injury that required emergency surgery.

This clearly did not get better from there since The CW willingly allowed Rose out of her contract, something the Arroweverse has never done before.

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement. “This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew, and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”

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Filming ‘Batwoman’ was overwhelming to Ruby Rose

In a joint statement, Warner Bros., The CW, and Berlanti Productions thanked Rose for her work but focused on moving forward and finding a new lead. “Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” the statement said. “The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”

Not much else has been said, but rumors have swirled that Rose could not handle Batwoman’s intense filming schedule. “Doing a network drama is one of the hardest acting jobs, and not everyone is well equipped to handle the intensity and long hours involved,” Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva revealed. “I hear Rose, whose most extensive previous TV gig was a nine-episode arc on Orange Is the New Black, was not happy, and the show’s team was not happy to a point where no one could see this going for another season. It was not a good fit, and the studio and the star opted to part ways.”

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Ruby Rose refuses to reveal why she really left ‘Batwoman’

Rose has finally broken her silence about her Batwoman exit, but not in the way fans expected. It looks like she’s keeping details about what really went down to herself “for now.”

“It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know…I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community,” she wrote in a cryptic Instagram post. “I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape.”

If and when Rose does share details, we’re sure they will be quite interesting.

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Woman reveals the right way to use a bath plug and people can’t believe they never realised

A WOMAN has shared a photo of the correct way to store a bath plug – and it is blowing people’s minds online. 

While many people loop a plug chain over the tap to keep it out of the way, in the photos, the black rubber plug attaches perfectly to the drain in the bath. 

The picture was shared in the Facebook group Cleaning Tips & Tricks, and the caption says: “25 years of living on this earth and its taken me this long to realise the structure of a plug.”

She wasn’t the only person to be baffled at the tidying hack. 

One person wrote: “I didn't either and I'm 67.”

Another added: “Never knew this just tried it shocked it works.”

Meanwhile, someone commented: “Learn something new every day.”

The post has racked up hundreds of likes, and people said they were going to try it out for themselves. 

One wrote: “Running upstairs now to try this.”

And one Facebook user tried it out for themselves and confirmed that the plug fitted in place. 

They shared a snap of their bath, and wrote: “It works!!!!!! Life changing.”

However, some people pointed out that it doesn’t actually work for every bath. 

Meanwhile, DIY fan have shared a handy tip to make pouring paint easier and it won’t cost you anything.

We also shared the cheap DIY hacks which add thousands to your home – and why ditching wallpaper and picking the right paint is key.

And woman who couldn’t find a paintbrush during lockdown uses old sock to transform wooden door & the results are amazing.

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Arsenal pros and cons to Philippe Coutinho transfer that will add need for midfield quality but halt youth development – The Sun

I HAVE been intrigued to read several articles of late, linking Arsenal with a move for Barcelona’s expensive 2018 purchase, Philippe Coutinho.

The sceptical among us might think the stories have been created either by his agent or indeed because of who is agent is.

It is no secret that Kia Joorabchian is not only a passionate Gunner, but has also recently been involved in the moving of two of his charges to the club, in Luiz and Soares.

It is hard in some sense to see from the back of which Diamond Club sofa the Arsenal hierarchy might find the money fund the move, if it were a purchase, but a loan is not inconceivable given how keen his parent club are to have the Brazilian off the wage bill.

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