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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. 

 

What are the drop off and pick up times?

 

For the autumn term, which means up to the Christmas Holidays, we have planned for a lengthy drop off and pick-up window.  A parent/carer must drop their child/ren off from 8:35-9:00am and must collect their child/ren between 3:00-3:25pm from their classrooms.

 

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 (i.e. You may drop off your child to Breakfast Club between 7:45-8:20am and you may collect your child from Wraparound Care at any time up to 6:00pm).  

 

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

 

Please note, our School Office is closed to visitors, including parents and carers.  If you have a question or wish to speak to a member of staff, you must telephone 01992 624099 or e-mail admin@hurstdrive.herts.sch.uk.  

 

If a parent/carer has been invited into school for a meeting, we expect them to kindly wear a face covering until the government guidance changes in this regard. 

 

If a parent/carer needs to drop off an item, they should use the intercom to tell the Office Administrators what they are dropping off and why before placing it in the blue parcel box just outside the School Office doors.  

 

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.
  • We are using both the Dining Hall and the Main Hall to allow two year groups to be served school dinners at the same time.  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.  

 

Will the children be expected to practise social distancing?

 

It will prove very difficult for primary school-aged children to practise social distancing.  Instead, in line with the guidance from the government, we will encourage regular washing or sanitising of hands, sitting in forward-facing rows in Years 1-6, keeping children in year group 'bubbles' and cancelling all assemblies in the hall to allow for this, and instructing the parent/carer of any child showing symptoms of coronavirus, to keep them off school and have them tested so we may take the appropriate next steps [see below] to slow the spread of infection.  

 

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 along with the wider members of their family.    

 

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 (and any siblings) must return to school as soon as possible.

 

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 Headteacher will contact the Local Authority and/or the Department for Education helpline to seek advice regarding who else will need to self-isolate at home for 14 days and take a test if they show symptoms of coronavirus. 

 

Any individual who has tested positive for coronavirus must remain off school for 10 days and can return after 10 days if their fever has subsided – please be aware that the cough can last for several weeks once the infection has gone.

 

Any 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 10 days if they test positive.  If they test negative, they should return to school as soon as they are well enough to do so.     

 

Please remember that the usual coughs and colds that occur frequently in the autumn and winter months will still be in circulation, and so this is why it is important for children, staff and parents/carers to get tested to rule out coronavirus so school life may continue as normal.  

 

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

 

If your child has to self-isolate, please click here to find more information about how we organise remote education (which means learning at home).  

 

We will telephone families regularly to check on your child's well-being while they are absent from school.  

 

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 and please see below for this guidance written in other languages.

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