Dear Members,

We hope you enjoyed the half term break and had some time to recharge your batteries after what has been a busy start to 2021 to say the least.

This week began with the welcome news that boarders in England return to school on Monday, March 8. This was followed on Wednesday (24/2) by confirmation from the DfE that schools and colleges in England may start testing students and pupils before March 8 if they would like to do so. And last night (25/2) BSA received confirmation from the DfE that boarders can return in advance of Monday, March 8 to quarantine:

I can confirm that boarders are able to return to the UK early in order that they can serve the required quarantine period before school starts on 8 March.

Arrangements for their quarantine should be in place before they travel and these arrangements must be in accordance with the arrangements for red list and non red list countries as laid out in Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance (publishing.service.gov.uk).

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