Update 4/1/21: Since this report was published a further national lockdown has been announced, meaning that schools will now not reopen.
Details of school reopening dates have been announced by the county council, with primary schools in Hertford starting their Spring Term as planned on Monday 4th January.
Secondary schools will see a staggered return, with pupils in year 11, year 13 and those in year 12 with exams attending from the week beginning Monday 11th January. They will receive online teaching for the week beginning Monday 4th January, with all secondary schools and college students returning full-time on the 18th.
Commenting of the arrangements, the county council's Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Councillor Terry Douris, said: "I would like to reassure all our residents that Hertfordshire County Council will be supporting school leadership teams across the county, following the Government announcement regarding the staggered re-opening of schools for the Spring Term.
"We recognise that disruption to education causes difficulties, but the health and safety of our pupils, staff, families and residents is of the utmost importance to both the Government and Hertfordshire County Council.
"We are currently working on arrangements to be made for vulnerable children and children of critical workers, to continue attending school in some capacity. Schools will be reviewing their risk assessments to ensure safety within schools can be maintained.
"Since the start of the outbreak, schools have adapted to the ever-changing situation and staff have worked incredibly hard to enable many thousands of pupils to engage in remote learning organised by their schools, with tasks being set daily through a variety of online resources.
"Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank all education staff across the county for their constant resilience and hard work during these challenging times. I can confirm the Heads of each of our schools in Hertfordshire will be contacting the families of all pupils to provide information about their specific opening plans and provision of free school meals."
Hertford has seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the last fortnight, with 162 people testing positive in the 7 days up to Christmas (25th December).
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