Latest COVID-19 Guidance
The Public Health team at Hertfordshire County Council has asked us to share the following information with you.
Firstly, we want to thank you for all you are doing to play your part and help protect your school community – you’re all doing an amazing job. As we head towards the end of the academic year, let’s work together to reduce the number of cases in our nurseries, schools and colleges and make sure less children will need to learn remotely.
We’re now at a crucial time in our fight against coronavirus. In line with yesterday’s Government announcement we’re asking everyone to not drop your guard just yet – Covid-19 is still here.
There are simple things you can do right now to continue to protect yourself, your family and your school community:
Remember hands, face, space, fresh air – each school may have different rules around face coverings, but everyone aged over 11 should be wearing a face covering when in indoor venues. If you can still meet outside do
Testing – Parents and carers of children in nursery, school or college should take regular rapid tests along with the rest of the community, by doing this we can all help to reduce the spread of the virus. You can find your nearest collection site or order online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest
Vaccination – please get your vaccine once you are invited to
Please do not send children back into education if they are sick or feel unwell – be cautious.
If you receive a positive result from a rapid test you must begin self-isolating immediately, not attend school and book a confirmatory PCR test.
If you or your child/ren have symptoms (new, continuous cough, change or loss of taste or smell or a temperature) you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test at: https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test
If you need help to self-isolate contact HertsHelp for advice and practical help with things like getting food and medicine and accessing financial support. Call 0300 123 4044, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hertshelp.net
Travelling within the UK
If you do go away, you should aim to do so safely. For instance, one of our close neighbours, Bedford, has a high number of cases and people are being advised to avoid travelling in and out of the area unless it is essential (for work or education).
You can find the latest travel guidance for England and the rest of the UK at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#travelling-within-the-uk-the-republic-of-ireland-and-the-channel-islands
Travelling internationally from England
There are no longer any restrictions on leaving England to travel internationally, however to protect public health in the UK and the vaccine rollout, you should not travel to countries or territories on the red or amber lists.
If you do need to travel to an Amber destination for an emergency, you must update any setting attended by your child(ren) and;
Testing at home with Lateral Flow Devices (rapid tests)
Any student with symptoms of Covid-19 or feeling unwell should take a PCR test immediately and not attend school.
Parents and carers of children of school age are also encouraged to take regular rapid tests. You can find your nearest collection site or order online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest.
Please only complete rapid tests on children in year 7 and above.
Support for families
This is a challenging time for everyone, and we want you know that help and support is available for anyone who needs it in Hertfordshire. HertsHelp can provide free, confidential advice and practical help for things like food, essential bills and emotional support. Call 0300 123 4044, email email@example.com or visit www.hertshelp.net
Please find information sheet regarding guidance from Hertfordshire County Council about Self Isolating HERE.
You can familiarise yourself with the latest restrictions on the official Government website.
Parents, carers and adults in support bubbles providing childcare are also being encouraged to take twice weekly lateral flow tests (on themselves, not children) at home. You can find your nearest collection site and order online at: www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests. You can also book a test for yourself at one of the county council’s rapid test centres: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest.
Home tests absolutely should not be carried out on children in nursery, infant or primary school. It is explicitly not recommended as part of the testing programme and we are concerned that it could hurt or cause injury to small children. If you are worried about small children or they develop symptoms, please seek advice from your GP or call 111.
All the data for Hertfordshire cases can be found via the following link
Click on United Kingdom and enter the local authority you want data on regarding cases.
Hertfordshire specific information can also be found at: https://hcc-phei.shinyapps.io/covid19_public_dashboard/
REPORTING OF CASES
You will only need to notify the school If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) if they have been attending the school. Please notify us as soon as possible so we can complete the relevant tracking and tracing process with public health, if required, and notify any staff who have been close contacts and who need to self-isolate.
Please email ADMIN@DUNDALE.HERTS.SCH.UK
Main symptoms of coronavirus are:
• a high temperature
• a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
• a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If you’re not sure whether symptoms suggest that they have COVID-19 or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/
Please do not send children to nursery or school if any of the following apply:
• they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) or have tested positive within the last 10 days.
If you or your family are affected by COVID-19 and need support locally with things like shopping, getting medication or financial advice, visit: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Speak to your local Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Inspector if you need police advice or you can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101.
Thank you for your support and understanding – together we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and save more lives.
Childhood winter illnesses – knowing what to do
Now we are in winter many children may be experiencing common illnesses like coughs and colds. We know that some parents and carers aren’t always sure what to do when their child is unwell. A new leaflet, which can be found below, has been published to help parents spot common winter illnesses and how they can treat their child at home.
It is also important parents know where to go for medical advice when they need it and what to do in an emergency. We understand this can be a little confusing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Please be reassured that the NHS is still providing safe care when children need it. As well as providing clarity on where to go for medical advice, there is a host of information in the leaflet from how to treat colds and earache at home, to how to spot serious conditions such as meningitis and sepsis. There is also information on coronavirus.