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Letter from WM Police re seasonal safety

Dear Parents/Carers and Students,

 

HAPPY, SAFE HALLOWEEN/BONFIRE NIGHT – REMINDER FROM WEST MIDLANDS POLICE 

 

With the darker nights fast approaching, it is important that students are reminded what we, as a school community, expect of them in terms of behaviour.

 

Parents/carers and students should already be aware that as part of our safeguarding arrangements, the school has a two-way information sharing agreement in place with West Midlands Police, and we are active members of the local Police & Schools Panel. This joint-approach helps us to intervene early to prevent and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour involving our students, and provide support and up-to-date safety messages.

 

Sadly, this year’s Halloween, Bonfire night and the half term break will look very different due to COVID-19, so please be aware of the legislation and rules in place linked to this. Remember it is now a legal requirement to wear a mask on all public transport and within communal areas such as shops, cafes, restaurants and bars and we must maintain social distancing, ensure we abide by the the rule of six, and the bespoke rules for Birmingham regarding entering other people’s homes: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/coronavirus_advice | https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

In partnership with the police, we would also like to remind our students about the following:-

 

  • Anti-social behaviour: Halloween can be a scary time for people who don’t like surprises or callers at their door. Think about how your actions and behaviour affect others; elderly and vulnerable people may be frightened by ‘trick or treat’ so look out for signs in windows that people do not want callers at their door.
  • Personal Safety:
     Be aware of your surroundings, take care of friends and family members and keep valuables such as
    phones out of public view whenever possible.
     Don’t drink alcohol, take illegal drugs or unknown substances; they can have a big impact on your health and safety, behaviour and your ability to do well at school and enjoy other interests and
    activities. They can also be addictive and have unpredictable side effects, including sudden death!
     West Midlands Fire Service recommends that you go to an organised display; it’s the smart way to stay safe. You’ll see a lot more fireworks and it’s a lot cheaper. Information about firework safety is available at www.saferfireworks.com
  •  Weapons in public places: carrying a knife will get you a criminal record which can have life-long effects on travel and job prospects. Those who carry knives are also much more likely to be injured by them.
  • Off-road bikes: These can only be ridden on private land with the landowner’s permission. Don’t risk your life and future prospects by illegally riding these on the road.
  • Remember the company you keep: if your friend breaks the law, you may also be held responsible for that crime – even if you weren’t the one directly responsible.