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School installs barriers to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

A Nottinghamshire primary school has taken tough action to ensure that parents and children socially distance during drop off and pick up times, to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

 

Lantern Lane Primary School, in Lantern Lane, East Leake, has installed steel barriers around the edge of the school, providing a two-metre gap between the classroom doors and parents dropping off and collecting their children.

 

The barriers were installed by local firm, Hardstaff Barriers, in Kingston on Soar, which specialises in road safety and security barriers.

 

As part of Hardstaff Barriers’ commitment to nearby schools and the local community, the barriers were installed at Lantern Lane Primary School free of charge.   

 

Hardstaff installed the red and white steel safety barrier system, known as M.A.S.S, just 24 hours after it received a request for assistance from the school.

 

M.A.S.S is also widely used across the UK as a road safety barrier. The system is specially designed to self-stabilise if a vehicle collides with the barrier, providing additional protection outside the school.

 

Donna Griggs, Business Manager at Lantern Lane Primary School, said: “We wanted to install the barriers to keep everybody at the school as safe as possible.

 

“We are confident that the barriers will reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 during these busy times, when many parents are present in one place. We are doing everything we can to keep the children, their parents and our staff safe and thank everybody who has assisted us so far.

 

“The barriers also act as a reminder to socially distance and give the message that the school is serious about adhering to the rules.”

 

Dave Todd, Director of Hardstaff Barriers, said: “We were delighted to be able to assist Lantern Lane Primary School in this way, when the need to protect their pupils, staff and parents is greater than ever.

 

“The school has made the very responsible decision to install a robust steel barrier around its classroom entrances, providing an effective and highly visible social distancing system.

 

“As a local business committed to supporting the local community, we are very pleased that the school approached us and that we were able to swiftly step in and help them.”

SafeToNet and the Anti Bullying Alliance stand united against bullying

SafeToNet are proud to announce their support for Anti-Bullying Week 2020, which will take place from Monday 16 – Friday 20 November. This year’s themeis United Against Bullying, which urges the nation to come together and play their part inpreventing and responding appropriately to bullying both face to face and online.  

New statistics from the Anti-Bullying Alliance show that a third of children in the UK have been bullied in the last six months, with one in five children on the receiving end of bullying behaviour once per week or more. Heartbreakingly, the number of children reporting they have more than one close friend dropped following the outbreak, going from 91% in 2019 to 86.5% in October 2020. 

As a leading safeguarding company, SafeToNet understand the long-term impact and consequences bullying can have on children and young people and are passionate aboutplaying their part in the fight against these threats. Their mission is simple; to safeguard as many children as possible against online risks such as bullying and to educate them and their parents on becoming safe, responsible digital citizens. By joining forces andchannelling their collective ambitions, efforts, and platforms, SafeToNet and the Anti Bullying Alliance are working to beat bullying together. They believe that everyone – from parents and carers, to teachers and politicians, to children and young people – all have a part to play in coming together to make a real difference.  

The app, which is downloaded onto both the parent and child’s devices, uses an AI-driven smart keyboard to detect and filter risks and harmful content in real time, before any harm is caused. The pioneering technology has been designed specifically to pick up on a user’s psychological wellbeing, recognising signs of doubt, low self-esteem and dark thoughts, and offering support and guidance in the moment. The privacy of the children is paramount; what they are looking at, who they are talking to and what they are typing is never seen or read by the parents or by SafeToNet. 

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, children have spent more time than ever online this year,doing everything from socialising to schoolwork online with less adult supervision than normal, creating an even greater opportunity for online bullying. In this sense, there is an even greater need for SafeToNet as a real time safeguarding solution to ensure that children have the necessary tools to navigate the digital world safely and feel comfortable havinginformed, constructive conversations with parents or guardians about online behaviour.  

Anti-Bullying Week 2020 includes a number of events and activities in order to raise awareness and highlight the issues surrounding bullying; Odd Socks Day on Monday 16 November asks workplaces and schools to encourage everyone to turn up wearing odd socks to embrace their individuality and celebrate difference, whilst the School Staff Award  

allows pupils to nominate their favourite anti-bullying member of school staff for a prize, to celebrate the adults who are standing up to bullying and making a difference. There will also be a range of online activities with resources and ideas on how parents and schools can get involved and play their part,  

Co-founder of SafeToNet Sharon Pursey says ‘We are honoured to be supporting Anti-Bullying Week again and stand united against bullying; we are all a piece of the puzzle and have our responsibility to ensure children’s safety and wellbeing. As a safeguarding tech company, our vision is to create a world where all children are automatically safe online and are protected from digital threats such as bullying, so by supporting this initiative we hope to raise some awareness and start the conversation about digital safety and wellbeing in schools and households across the UK.”  

Martha Evans, Director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance says ‘It’s clear that bullying remains a significant problem for many children across the country, and we know that these experiences can have a lasting impact well into adulthood. But this year we have witnessed the power that people can have when they unite to tackle a common challenge. If we are serious about reducing bullying, we have to harness that energy and work together. Itsespecially important that the digital world is a safe place for children and young people to enjoy, and we are delighted to team up with SafeToNet again this year, who have been at the forefront in developing software to support families. But whether it is online, in the community or in school, we all have a part to play and its time we came together, friends and family, classmates and colleagues, and unite against bullying.’ 

The world’s first smart self-disinfecting door handle

A tech company has launched the world’s first smart self-disinfecting door handle, which can potentially eradicate millions of pathogens per building, save businesses thousands in cleaning costs and contribute to a post-COVID19 way of life.

Swiss tech company, Tweaq launched its self-cleaning aluminium door handle, Touch 1, in November 2020. Customers can register their interest now for delivery in 2021.  

How it works:

  1. The user engages with the door handle as they normally would.
  2. Once the door handle is released, the Tweaq Touch 1 is activated and the peristaltic pump brings the disinfectant liquid from the casing to the sponge inside the ring around the door handle.
  3. An internal system drives the outer aluminium ring backwards and forwards once along the surface, eliminating 99% of bacteria and viruses in under three seconds.  

Tweaq Touch 1 is powered by an electric engine and lithium batteries which allow more than 1,000 uses per cartridge.

Installation and maintenance:

Tweaq Touch 1 installation is under ten minutes and can be used with standard doors with no modifications required.

The casing replacement is also quick and simple for staff or households to replace themselves after 1,000 uses.

When the disinfectant liquid runs out, the user will be notified with the use of IOT. When this occurs, the user replaces it with an extra cartridge and sends the empty cartridge back to Tweaq. Tweaq then refill the cartridge and recharge the batteries before being redistributed.  

The casing replacement process has been developed to be as user-friendly and sustainable as possible, requiring the least amount of interactions and waste; it has a plug and play feature allowing the user to swap the casing in less than 30 seconds – similar to plugging in a cable to a socket. 

Why?

In a year where hygiene has been more paramount than ever before, the TWEAQ team has conducted extensive research and found touching one door handle is the equivalent of 10,000 handshakes. 

The UK is starting to look at offices reopening again, but the internal door handles can be an issue. Tweaq has found within two hours an office of 80 people can be infected due to one contaminated door handle.

Tweaq Touch 1 allows an establishment to provide a safer environment to its employees and visitors. 

 Why is it better than manual cleaning?

Tweaq’s team provided extensive research into the types of businesses its product would benefit, not only from a hygiene point of view, but as a cost saving exercise.

For example, a restaurant with 250 visitors a day would have half of the visitors use the bathroom, averaging 125 uses daily. This in turn equates to 40,000 uses in the year, costing $2.90 per day for a professional service to disinfect door handles**. In comparison, it is $1.40/ day with Tweaq Touch 1  plus the initial investment. This is a saving of over $500 a year.

Giovanni Barilla, CEO from Tweaq said: “We help people open doors to the world, safeguarding their every touch-point. Our product combines hardware and software technology to provide an effective and reliable solution that not only protects people but can save businesses money in the long run.

 “The world is changing mindset and attitude to investing in hygiene has completely transformed. We are thrilled to be able to offer a prevention solution that will hopefully help ease concerns and provide peace of mind for many.”

Tweaq Touch 1 is priced at £399 for two handles (one full door) and cartridge refills are at £39 for consumers and for businesses there is a £16.90/month subscription plan available. Tweaq Touch 1 will be available in four shades, grey, silver, rose gold and gold.

Customers can  currently register interest for delivery in 2021. For larger orders, price is available on request.

Signature Masks – Supporting Brits through lockdown

Signature Masks is doing its bit to support Brits through lockdown 2.0 by reducing the cost of its face
coverings to ensure that everyone can stay protected when making essential trips outside the home.
The UK-based company, founded by 19-year-old student James Eid, is selling its Grab & Go Bundle of
20 face coverings, 5 alcohol wipes and hand sanitiser for £9.99, down from £11.50, and a 25 box of
biscotti coloured coverings for £9.99, down from £12.49.
In order to take the stress out of running out, the brand offers a weekly subscription service at the
click of a button, so when you’re getting low another box will arrive with no thought needed.
Consumers can now save 12.5% when subscribing, with a 10 pack of Biscotti, Roasted Coffee or High
Filtration coverings available for £3.49, down from £3.99.
James Eid founded the company at the beginning of lockdown when he struggled to find affordable
masks to visit his grandmother who suffers from Bechet’s disease.
All Signature Masks are 3-ply which have been found to be more effective than single-ply coverings,
are water resistant and have nose wires to create a snug fit and help reduce glasses fogging up.
James has previously donated 3,000 masks to The Felix Project which helps feed local communities in
London and teamed up with a local Lebanese community in London to send 3,500 Signature Masks to
the relief effort in Beirut.
Head to signaturemasks.co.uk and get yours today.
Signature Masks are also available on Amazon in coffee, biscotti and high filtration for £4.99 for 10.