COVID - 19
As we go into the Easter holidays, and some Government guidance changes around socialising outside and outdoor sport, it’s so important that we don’t let our guard down and increase the risk of Covid-19 outbreaks when schools return.
From Monday 29 March, you can;
Meet up outside (including in private gardens) with six other people, or as two households
Take part in formally organised outdoor sports with any number of people (outdoor sports venues and facilities will be able to reopen)
Childcare and supervised activities will be allowed outdoors for all children
You and your family can continue to keep yourselves and others safe by:
Washing your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water or using an antibacterial hand sanitiser if soap and water isn’t available
Keeping socially distanced, staying at least 2 metres away from those not in your immediate household
Wearing a face-covering where required and when it is difficult to socially distance
Self-isolating and getting tested if you develop symptoms or receive a positive lateral flow test (LFT) result
Not socialising indoors with anyone who isn’t in your immediate household. You’re not allowed to have sleepovers or playdates, even if your child is in a school bubble
Not sending children back to school ill or with symptoms of Covid-19 after the Easter break – if your child is sick, please keep them at home
If your child is in year 7 or above and taking regular LFT, you should encourage them to continue to take these and report results as normal during the Easter holidays. If they receive a positive test at home, everyone in your household must begin self-isolating immediately and you need to book a PCR test to confirm the positive result. Any positive tests received up until 1 April, should be reported to your school so that they can complete the track and trace process with the Public Health team.
Babies and children in early years settings, nurseries, infant and primary schools should not be taking LFT, please don’t do home tests on younger children. If you are worried about small children or they develop symptoms, please seek advice from your GP or call 111.
Thank you again for playing your part and helping to keep our schools safe and open for face to face learning.
We wish you all a safe and happy Easter.
Hertfordshire County Council
Parent Information regarding Lateral Flow Tests.
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.
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