Harpenden Academy are receiving daily updates from The Department of Education on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We will publish any updates and advice on this page.
Department for Education: Staying at Home Guidance
Yesterday, the Prime Minister addressed the nation on coronavirus (COVID-19) and asked people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes.
There is no change in guidance for education settings, which remain closed except for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We continue to ask that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible.
The full stay at home guidance is available at:
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:
Guidance for educational settings:
Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:
Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
At Harpenden Academy we are being vigilant and ensuring we adopt good hygiene practice to minimise the risk of infection.
- frequently washing our hands
- not coughing and sneezing over everyone
- disposing of used tissues appropriately
Each class has been given further supplies of anti-bacterial gel and surface Dettol wipes and all children are being reminded to do the above.
Suggested Home Timetable & Parent Resources - School Closure
20th March Key Worker Definitions
20th March School Closure Letter
16th March 2020 Coronavirus Update Letter to Parents
Coronavirus Info for Young Children
27th February 2020 Letter to Parents