Monday 13th September 2021
Dear parents and carers
We have been advised by Public Health England that there have been confirmed cases of COVID19 at Limpsfield Grange School.
We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID19) will be a mild illness.
Limpsfield Grange School remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well. We continue to ask that Limpsfield Grange students test twice weekly using a Lateral Flow Test to help identify cases promptly.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) or tests positive for COVID19
If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19), they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known. If negative, the child can end self-isolation.
If the PCR test result is positive, the child should isolate until at least 10 days after their symptoms appeared.
Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID19) are:
- a new, continuous cough,
- a high temperature,
- a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
If your child has a positive test result but do not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. This isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by counting 10 full days from the day following their symptom onset.
A PCR test can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119.
How to stop coronavirus (COVID19) spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID19):
- get vaccinated – everyone aged 18 and over can book COVID19 vaccination appointments now and 16-17 year olds are being offered 1 dose of the vaccination by 23 August
- wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- meet people outside and avoid crowded areas
- open doors and windows to let in fresh air if meeting people inside
- wear a face covering if aged 11 and over when it’s hard to stay away from other people
- participate in twice weekly LFD testing following national guidelines
If you have any questions about this matter please do contact me; I would be happy to answer your questions.