Pupils or staff at three schools in our area have been told they need to go home and self-isolate after positive tests for coronavirus.

Cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, Bushey Meads Academy and Kings Langley Primary School.

Below is what you need to know about each school.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary School

It was confirmed earlier this week by the Jewish Academy Trust that a “small number of pupils” at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, near Radlett, have tested positive for the virus – and three classes have been isolated as a result.

The trust is linking the cases to “social events” that occurred before the school opened for the new term.

Kirsten Jowett, chief executive officer at the trust, said: “There have been a small number of positive cases of children at the school. These are linked to social events before the school opened.

“On Public Health England advice we have isolated three classes,  due to contact with children that tested positive after returning to school. We have also sent parents correspondence on the situation from Public Health England."

She added that the trust is “disappointed” that some children are now having to learn from home.

She said: “We were all excited to be back at school. However, lessons will continue online. We hope parents will be vigilant in keeping to the national guidelines for social situations and that we can all get back to school as soon as possible.”

Bushey Meads Academy

Hertfordshire County Council confirmed that two members of staff at Bushey Meads Academy were sent home immediately this week after testing positive for Covid-19.

The county council said the staff members are self-isolating and neither member has been asked to return to school.

These are currently the only two confirmed cases of Covid-19 at the school.

In an email sent to parents and carers, executive principal Jeremy Turner wrote: “You may well have read in the Watford Observer information about two staff at Bushey Meads who are self-isolating at home.

“As a school we would never share personal information about any staff sickness and I would like to reassure you that, as always, we are following all the government guidelines.

“No students have been in close contract with the members of staff and need to self-isolate; the school is safe and all necessary Public Health England advice is being followed.

“Students have continued to be extremely well behaved and have followed all the necessary adaptations, protocols and new rules.”

A few other staff members are believed to be self-isolating as part of the track and trace protocol since they were in close contact.

Kings Langley Primary School

Hertfordshire County Council also confirmed that there has been a positive Covid-19 test of a year five student at Kings Langley Primary School  - and that pupils in the year group have been sent home as a result.

The council said the year five bubble will be self-isolating for 14 days and the school is following the necessary health and safety procedures in accordance with government guidance.