26th March 2020 Covid-19 News

These are challenging times for all and HPCI is still working to support you with relevant information and talking to the Local Authority about what it is doing.  In this email are some sources of national and local information that may be useful.

Department of Education Guidance 
These two sets of guidance cover children and young people with SEND as well as other groups.

You will have seen the announcements over the past few days about school closures for everyone except children of critical workers and vulnerable children, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  The government has now published questions and answers about these changes:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people.

The government has also published guidance on isolation and COVID-19 to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings

HCC SEND Local Offer coronavirus updates page:
You can see Herts County Council’s SEND service updates such as around EHCP and other services at this link:
https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/microsites/local-offer/coronavirus-updates.aspx
This page also now includes links to resources that can help you support your child whilst at home away from education.
There is also a phone line open from Monday to Friday manned by the Educational Psychology Service to answer questions from professionals and parents – see poster below.

Herts County Council’s main website also has general information about Covid 19 and updates on services for everyone.  Follow these links:

General information: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/news-archive/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions

Service updates: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/news/coronavirus-service-updates.aspx