Dear members,

Yesterday (December 30), several announcements from the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department for Education (DfE) were published. Additionally, BSA and ISC received a further briefing on the testing procedures being rolled out next week. 

ISC’s comprehensive briefing is attached to the end of this update for reference, which relates equally to state boarding members. The key guidance is the updated “Return in January” guidance. The main “Full Opening” guidance has also been updated, essentially to update procedures for the particularly vulnerable. Schools are reminded of the “Contingency Framework” which is now being more widely referenced.

The main aspects of yesterday’s updates are below, but BSA has been advised it is highly likely that there will be additional changes before the full anticipated opening for secondary schools on January 18.

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