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:
Self Isolation guidance from Hertfordshire County Council
For easy read, or translated versions of the self-isolation guidance, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
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:
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 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.
You can get help with the following:
Help and advice is available for anyone who needs it in Hertfordshire; people and families, in need of support, please contact HertsHelp.
Guidance for households with symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
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.