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Letter containing essential information for the reopening of school on 8th March 2021

Latest Risk Assessment - March 2021

Travelling to school safely


If you live a short distance from your school or college, walk, cycle or scoot to and from school wherever it is possible and safe to do so.

Please avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.

If you are using public transport to get to school or college, plan ahead and allow more time for your journey. 

When you are travelling by public or dedicated school transport, don’t forget to:

    • wear a face covering (unless you are exempt, including if you are aged 11 and under). It is important  you wear them for the entirety of your journey, including inside a bus or train station
    • social distance where possible
    • wash or sanitise your hands regularly
    • be considerate to fellow passengers and staff.

Self Isolation guidance from Hertfordshire County Council


For easy read, or translated versions of the self-isolation guidance, please visit:


Self-isolation means that you must not leave your home except in an emergency.

You can be asked to self-isolate by Test and Trace, a nursery, school, college, university, workplace or by any health professional – even if you have no symptoms, you must follow these rules:

Do not:

  visit family or friends

  go to any shops or supermarkets - instead order food online or ask for help

  go outside to exercise or walk your dog

  go to work, university, college or school - instead work or study from home if you can

  use public transport, taxis or share a car

  attend parties or other events, even if these are outside.


If... Self-isolate for...
If you develop symptoms 10 days from start of symptoms
If you test positive 10 days from start of symptoms or test day if none
If you are told you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive 10 from last contact with the positive case
If you have been contacted by the Test and Trace service 10 from last contact with positive case
If you live in a household where others (including children) develop symptoms or they have tested positive 10 from when they developed symptoms or test day if none
If you have been sent home and told to self-isolate as part of a bubble. Other household members do not need to self-isolate unless someone in the household develops symptoms or tests positive 10 from last contact with positive case

Day 0 - Hannah was exposed to coronavirus

Day 5 - Hannah got tested and was negative

Day 7 - Thinking she didn’t have coronavirus, Hannah attended school, and was in close contact with 17 people.

Day 9 - Hannah developed symptoms and tested positive. She was contagious for 48 hours before her symptoms started, and exposed 17 people to coronavirus. These 17 people now all need to self-isolate for 10 days.

This is why its so important to self-isolate for the allocated time and to only book a test if you develop symptoms.

How to get support if you’re affected by coronavirus?


You can get help with the following:

  • Accessing food, household essentials and medication
  • Financial support and advice
  • Services that can support you if you are feeling lonely or down
  • Ways to improve your health and wellbeing

Help and advice is available for anyone who needs it in Hertfordshire; people and families, in need of support, please contact HertsHelp.

Call 0300 123 4044


Guidance for households with symptoms

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.


Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and apologise for any wait that you may experience. Your call will join a queue and we will answer as soon as possible.


How to wash your hands properly

Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:


Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:


Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

Guidelines for Pupil Absence - please check here for the latest definitions of the symptoms of Coronavirus and what action you need to take when your child, or someone in your household, becomes poorly.

Public Health Information