Dear Colleagues,

Boarders accessing remote learning
A number of schools have expressed concern that they have a large number of boarders resident and very limited facilities to provide remote learning effectively and with adequate supervision. BSA has received confirmation from DfE that it is acceptable in such circumstances for schools to use facilities outside the boarding house, as long as there is no face-to-face learning, and no mixing with those pupils who are in school as vulnerable or critical worker children. In situations where use of facilities by different groups or bubbles is essential, there must be appropriate cleaning between groups. As communicated in the newsletter on Friday (15/1), BSA has also asked about the status of international boarders, many of whom have vulnerabilities, having been away from home for a protracted period.

Travel corridor temporary suspension
Following the Government’s announcement on Friday (15/1) of the introduction of new emergency border measures to prevent the spread of concerning new variants of coronavirus (COVID-19) into the UK, BSA will be monitoring the quarantine situation and lobbying appropriately, particularly with regard to unaccompanied minors travelling back to school.

The BSA is working closely with the Independent Schools Council (ISC) and all member associations to provide schools with advice and guidance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19). However, please note that the BSA nor the other associations referenced are medical, statutory or legal authorities and advice must be read in that context.

If you have any questions or queries, please contact the BSA Team via email or telephone.

Best wishes,

The BSA Team
E. bsa@boarding.org.uk
T. +44 (0)207 798 1580