Schools in Hertfordshire have been advised to reintroduce Covid measures to combat the high level of infection amongst children and young people.
In a letter to parents and carers from the county council's Director of Public Health Jim McManus, secondary schools are recommended to reintroduce masks for staff, visitors and students in all settings except outdoors, when eating and drinking, and during PE and music lessons. Primary schools are also being recommended to reintroduce masks for staff and visitors.
If a school has an outbreak there may be further local measures, such as asking siblings of a positive case to isolate and daily testing for secondary school students.
The measures will required until the end of the current term, although they may be lifted if there is a reduction in case rates.
In the letter, Mr.McManus says: "You will be aware that nationally cases of COVID-19 are currently high, and Hertfordshire is no different with the highest number of cases in children and young people. As a result, we are asking all schools and early-years settings to implement some additional public health measures. By acting quickly ahead of winter we can call help reduce the spread of the virus and protect each other and the most vulnerable members of our communities.".
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