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Coronavirus Information

Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions:

 

How can we all stop the spread of coronavirus? 

 

Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:

 

  • wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available - click here to watch a video by the NHS about how to wash your hands;
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • if you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school;
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin;
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home; and,
  • if you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP. 

 

When will school reopen?

 

School will reopen on Monday 7 September 2020 to children in Years 1-6.    

 

If you have a child joining Reception, you should read the letter posted to you in July which gives you the information you need regarding your child's start date and how we adopt a staggered entry in Reception.  

 

Parents and carers of children already attending school will have received an e-mail in July giving the details specific to their child/ren but we have included them below for your reference:

 

What are the drop off and pick up times?

 

For the autumn term, which means up to the Christmas Holidays, we have planned for staggered start and finish times for children based on our four house teams.  This allows for fewer children and parents/carers to be on site.  We kindly ask that one parent/carer drop off their child/ren, doing so quickly and avoiding gathering on or outside the school site.  

 

House Team Drop Off Pick Up
Eagle 8:40am 2:50pm
Falcon 8:50am 3:00pm
Hawk 9:00am 3:10pm
Kestrel 9:10am 3:20pm

 

Please be aware, once all the Reception children are in school, parents/carers will be told which House Team their child belongs to so they may start dropping off and picking up in line with the times shown in the table above.   

 

Please note, if your child attends Breakfast Club and/or Wraparound Care, you do not need to change the times you drop off and pick up (e.g. If your child is in Eagle House and attends Wraparound Care, their teacher will supervise them in the classroom until Wraparound Care begins and a parent/carer will collect them by 6:00pm).  

 

Do I need to wear a face covering to enter school?

 

If a parent/carer is coming into school, for example, to enter the School Office area or to speak to your child's class teacher in the classroom, we would ask you to kindly wear a face covering until the government guidance changes in this regard. 

 

What has changed about school for the children?

 

We have worked hard to keep school as normal as possible for the children.  The changes you need to keep in mind are detailed below:

 

  • Your child will be expected to wash their hands (or use the hand sanitiser provided) upon entering the school and there will be frequent handwashing throughout the day.   
  • Your child needs a water bottle in school every day, preferably a reusable water bottle, including a label with your child's name on it.
  • If your child takes a school dinner, we will only be offering the cold option, that is a sandwich with a choice of filling - cheese, chicken or tuna - along with fruit, vegetables and either a plain cookie or Dairylea cheese with crackers.  We will review this at the October half term to see if we may reintroduce hot meals in November.  Parents/carers are welcome to supply their child with a packed lunch - please click here to remind yourself of what to include in your child's packed lunch.  
  • We have organised playground zones for playtime and lunchtime - this allows us to keep year groups separate whilst ensuring the children have the space and time they need to play outdoors with their friends.  The playground zones are on a rota each day so the children will be able to access all our play equipment across the week.  Of course, play equipment will be cleaned at the end of each session ready for the next day.  

 

What will happen if a child or member of staff has the symptoms of coronavirus?

 

Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) which are a fever, a persistent dry cough, and/or change in sense of taste/smell, must remain off school and get a test. 

 

Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.

 

Whilst waiting for the results of their test, which come in the form of a text message and an e-mail, the individual should self-isolate at home.  

 

If their test comes back negative, the child's parent/carer will telephone the school straight away and forward the e-mail to admin@hurstdrive.herts.sch.uk as evidence.  The child must return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.  

 

If their test comes back positive, the child's parent/carer will telephone the school straight away and forward the e-mail to admin@hurstdrive.herts.sch.uk as evidence.  The children and staff who work with that individual will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days and must take a test if they show symptoms of coronavirus.  The Headteacher will also be required to contact the Local Health Protection Team and they will decide whether to involve themselves in proceedings.  

 

The individual who has tested positive must remain off school for 7 days and can return after 7 days if their fever has subsided – please be aware that the cough can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

 

The other individuals who have been asked to self-isolate can return to school after 14 days so long as they’re not showing symptoms; if they are showing symptoms, they must get tested and remain off school for a further 7 days if they test positive.  If they test negative, they should return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.     

 

If my child has to self-isolate, how will schoolwork be set?

 

If your child has to self-isolate, their teacher will provide a paper pack of English and maths work, including the answers for you to check your child's work is correct.

 

We would also recommend you use on-line learning from the Oak National Academy - an on-line school set up by the Department for Education.    

 

We will also organise a weekly telephone call by a member of staff to check on your child's well-being.  

 

Who can I talk to if I'm worried about the virus and how it affects my child's education?

 

You can contact the Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

 

 

Please click here to read the guidance from the Department for Education for parents and carers regarding the reopening of schools.

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