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COVID-19

On this page, you can keep informed about the latest updates regarding Covid-19:

Regular Testing
Government Guidance
School Reopening
Staying Safe
Guidance for Parents and Carers
Corona Virus Tests
Drive through tests in Hertfordshire
What will happen if my child is absent from school?
Online Resources

Regular Testing

Households, childcare and support bubbles of nursery children and primary-age pupils in England now have access to regular rapid lateral flow testing.

If you’re a member of a household or childcare bubble of a school or nursery pupil, you can get a twice-weekly test:

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local test site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site
  • by ordering a home test kit online

Please click here for government information on home testing and how to obtain a testing kit.

Government Guidance

Please click here for the latest government guidance for parents and carers.

School Reopening

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all children back to school on Monday 8th March. This communication is to provide you with some information to ensure a smooth transition for everyone.

The morning drop off arrangements will remain the same. Soft start for all children will begin at 8:30 am and all children should be in class by 8:50 am.

All social distancing arrangements remain in place, including the one way system, car park arrangements and lining up on the pedestrian pathway. We continue to ask that all parents and carers wear face coverings when on site.

The post box system will continue and there will be a box on the playground each morning where post can be delivered. Unfortunately, we are still unable to safely have parents and carers in the school building. If you would like to speak to a member of staff, please get in contact via telephone or email.

Please remember to bring in any emergency medication. There will be a table in the playground from 8.30 am on Monday for you to leave any medication with a member of staff.

Pick up time will remain at 3.15 pm. To support social distancing, children in Year 1 and Year 2 will be lined up in the Key Stage 2 playground ready to be collected by their adult. Please wait for your child’s teacher to dismiss children from the line so that we can make sure they are safely collected.

Once you have collected your children, please exit the site as soon as possible. Please note, no children are permitted to play on any of the playground equipment at 3.15 pm.

From Monday 8th March, it is a statutory requirement that all children will attend school. If you have any concerns regarding your child returning to school, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us.

Teachers will be investing lots of time in delivering PSHE lessons, circle times and assemblies in class to ensure a smooth transition for all children. If you have any concerns regarding your child settling back into school please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher. We will be making arrangements for parent consultation meetings with teachers for after Easter.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday!

Best wishes,
Mrs Wicks

How to stay safe

Remember – ‘Hands. Face. Space.’:

    • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
    • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
    • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)

Don’t forget to self-isolate and book a test immediately if you get symptoms.

Guidance for Parents and Carers


Corona Virus tests

Don’t delay getting a test if you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, you should either order a test kit or book a test at one of the drive-through testing centres.

Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus to book a COVID-19 test for yourself or a family member.

For additional help to book a test, call 119 between 7am and 11pm. Textphone / minicom users with hearing or speech difficulties, call 18001 0300 303 2713.

The call centre can also answer enquiries about the testing process and what to do once you have your result, or chase up any delayed results.

Drive-through tests in Hertfordshire

Check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the drive-through testing sites available for the next day.

Drive-through testing sites are open on various days of the week in Hertford, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City for everyone living or working in Hertfordshire.

The drive-through testing centre at Tesco Headquarters in Shire Park in Welwyn Garden City is open every day from 8am to 8pm. It has been carrying out an average of 210 tests every day. Here, people can test themselves with the swabs provided or have a swab test carried out by a trained professional. The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat.

Bring your mobile phone when you visit a testing centre. If you book a test in Watford, you may need to pay for parking as you wait.

Visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus for more about symptoms, how to book a test and the NHS Test and Trace system.

What will happen if my child is absent from school?


Online Resources

TT Rockstars – Times table practise https://ttrockstars.com/
Bug Club – Reading and comprehension https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk
Spelling Shed – Spelling practise https://www.edshed.com
Maths Shed – Maths practise https://www.edshed.com

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