COVID-19 – parents’ guide

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Supporting the health and wellbeing of students is every boarding school’s top priority, and never has that been more important than during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The whole UK boarding school sector has shown great agility, responding quickly to each new challenge the coronavirus outbreak has presented, doing everything it can to ensure pupils remain safe while continuing to receive the highest possible standards of teaching and education.
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One thing the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t changed is that UK boarding schools are regarded as some of the best boarding schools in the world, and they remain an attractive option for parents wanting their children to receive the very best education. But how can parents be reassured that, if they do send their child to a UK boarding school, how is their child’s school managing its response to COVID-19? Have they done everything they can to make the living and working environment safe for pupils.

In response, School Places’ sister organisation, the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), created a COVID-SAFE Charter which schools can voluntarily adopt. The charter aims to provide reassurance to boarders and their parents or guardians that schools have done everything they can to ensure their safety. This has been welcomed warmly by the entire boarding community, both here in the UK and internationally.

Before the start of the 2020/21 academic year, many member schools reported to the BSA safety was the main concern for both parents / guardians and students. They wanted to know what cleaning protocols the schools would have in place; what procedures would be for testing students for coronavirus and what measures would be implemented for isolating pupils in the event of a positive test, and whether students could wear face masks or coverings in class if they want to.

All of those things feature in the BSA COVID-SAFE Charter, so students and parents / guardians can all be safe in the knowledge that the schools will continue to do all they can to address these concerns.

A full version of the BSA COVID-SAFE Charter can be found on the BSA website.

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