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Latest COVID-19 Guidance

 

Please click HERE for the latest Government Guidance.

 

Please find information sheet regarding guidance from Hertfordshire County Council about Self Isolating HERE.

 

For the latest publication from Hertfordhire County council for Do's and Don'ts during the current lockdown please click HERE.

 

You can familiarise yourself with the latest restrictions on the official Government website.

 

Please click HERE for advisory letter from the Director of Public Health and Operations Director, Education - 03/12/2020 

 

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.

 

Only students in year 7 and above have been asked to complete rapid testing, also known as lateral flow tests, twice a week. Secondary schools and colleges will advise how this will work.

 

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.

 

Latest cases

 

All the data for Hertfordshire cases can be found via the following link

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/cases

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 DURING THE PERIOD OF LOCKDOWN

 

You will only need to notify the school If your child tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) at any point during the lockdown 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 other children or staff who have been close contacts and who need to self-isolate.

 

Please email ADMIN@DUNDALE.HERTS.SCH.UK

 

Remember as soon as your child or any member of your household develops symptoms, they must start self-isolating immediately and book a test.

 

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 back to nursery or school if any of the following apply:

•                    they have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)

•                    they, any members of your household, or any close contacts (including extended                            family or friends they have seen and bubbles at holiday activities and sports clubs)                          have tested positive for COVID-19

•                    they haven’t completed the full 10 day isolation period requested

 

Self-isolating is one of the most important things we can all do to help stop the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones and the vulnerable. You can read our helpful self-isolating guide at: www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/selfisolatingguide

 

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

 

Police update for parents and carers

 

Hertfordshire Police have asked us to share an update with parents and carers about sticking to restrictions during school drop off and pick.

 

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.

 

Police have received reports of lack of social distancing and complacency around face coverings at school drop off and pick up times.

 

We all have a responsibility to take steps in helping reduce the spread of coronavirus. With this in mind, all families are required (unless exempt) to adhere to the following points to ensure a safe arrival and departure at school for all involved:

 

  • Only one parent or guardian should drop off and pick up their child/children to reduce numbers outside school
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household
  • Make good use of all available entry and exit points to the school site to avoid bottleneck - (please follow the one way system in place at the school)
  • Refrain from lengthy face-to-face conversation with staff or other families; use digital communication methods during lockdown
  • Go straight home after dropping and/or collecting your child/children
  • Consider wearing a face covering during pick up and drop off

 

 

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.

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