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Face coverings have now become compulsory when using public transport and in a number of public settings, to help keep yourself and others safe during the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you have a health condition or disability that makes wearing a face mask challenging you can download or print an exemption card.

Are you exempt?

You will be exempt from wearing a face covering/ mask if you:

  • are a child aged 11 or under.
  • Have certain physical disabilities that make putting on or removing a face-covering difficult.
  • have a learning disability or Autism that makes wearing a face covering difficult.
  • would experience severe distress putting on, wearing or removing a face covering/ mask.
  • have any communication needs that require you to lip read.
  • have a health problem or condition that could be affected by wearing a face covering for example, problems with your breathing.

If you are unsure about whether or not you are exempt you can check the full list of exemptions on gov.uk.

Downloadable and printable exemption cards

If you are exempt and would feel more comfortable showing something that says you do not have to wear a face covering, you can download or print your own exemption card or badge.

Examples of the face covering exemption cards you can download or print from gov.uk:

An example of a face covering exemption card produced by the government.

An example of a face covering exemption card produced by the government.

Face masks in schools

Primary schools

Face masks are not recommended for use in primary school by pupils or staff, except for staff carrying out some types of personal care.

Secondary schools

secondary schools can choose to require staff and students to wear face-coverings in communal areas if they believe that it is right in their particular setting. This should only be when moving around the school, for example in corridors and communal areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain.

It will not be necessary to wear them in the classroom, where protective measures mean that risks are lowered, and masks could make learning harder. It is important that staff and students clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser before and after touching their face or their face-covering. Face-coverings should be kept securely in a bag when not in use.

We want to make sure that wearing a face mask does not affect your child's ability to learn. We (Hertfordshire County Council) have reminded schools about the guidance on face masks and exemptions for those with hearing impairments, speech, language and communication needs, learning disabilities and sensory issues.

Helpful resources for wearing and encouraging the use of face coverings

Where possible, it's important to try and encourage children and young people to wear face masks. This article has some good advice here about how to support young people in using/tolerating masks. Although this article is specifically about those who have autism many of the tips could be used with most young people who are showing reluctance.

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Why do we use cookies?

To remember your settings, for example your language and location. This means you don’t have to keep entering these details when you visit a new page.

To find out how you use the site to help us update and improve it.

How do I change my cookie settings?

You can change the settings of your web browser so that it won’t accept cookies. For more information visit AboutCookies.org.

But, doing this may stop you from using some of the online features and services on this website. 

Cookies we use

Cookies do a lot of different jobs, and we use 2 types of cookies:

Required functionality cookies – these cookies are essential for the website to work.

Performance and feature cookies – these cookies help to improve the performance and feel of this website, for example providing you with personalised services.


Take a look at a list of cookies we use on our website:

NameTypeHow we use itHow long we use the information for

ASP.Net_Sessions

 

Required functionality

An automatic cookie set by our software. 

Just for the time you are on our website.

ServerID

 

Required functionality

An automatic cookie set by our software. 

Just for the time you are on our website.

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Required functionality

To track the effectiveness of our website using Google Analytics. 

2 years

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Performance and feature

To save the pages that you visit by clicking the heart at the top of the page. 

1 month

geoPostcode

Performance and feature

This stores your postcode (or partial postcode) when we ask you for your location.

Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

geoCoordinates

Performance and feature

This stores your location as a pair of latitude / longitude coordinates.

Just for the time you are on our website or 30 days (you choose this).

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Performance and feature

This keeps a history of all answers submitted to the ready reckoner.

This is set in the control for each ready reckoner. If you haven't interacted with the ready reckoner for the set amount of days, the cookies are deleted.

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Performance and feature

This keeps a history of what content cards are clicked on when using the ready reckoner.

This is set in the control for each ready reckoner. If you haven't interacted with the ready reckoner for the set amount of days, the cookies are deleted.

SQ_SYSTEM_SESSION

Required functionality

This used to track user sessions on forms hosted on eservices.hertfordshire.gov.uk

Just for the time you are on our website.


Third party cookies

There are links and content from other sites and services on our website. These sites and services set their own cookies.

Below are a list of cookies that the other sites and services use:

Service namePurposeMore information

Google analytics (_utma/b/c/z)

These are used to compile reports for us on how people use this site.

Cookies of the same names are also used for the same purpose by other websites such as Building FuturesCountryside Management Service and Hertfordshire LIS.

Visit the Google Analytics website for more information about the cookies they use.

You can prevent data from being collected and used by Google Analytics by installing Google's Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Google Translation - googtrans

This cookie is used to remember which language to translate each page into if you have chosen to do so.

It expires at the end of your browser session.

Bing

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Google

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Netloan

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HotJar

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Siteimprove

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