Dear Members,

Welcome to this week’s edition of the BSA member newsletter. It was good to catch up face-to-face with a number of colleagues earlier this week at the HMC Autumn Conference and speak to BSA members at the HMC Boarding Committee meeting alongside BSA Chair Bex Tear. Thanks to Richard Backhouse, Simon Hyde and the HMC team for their hospitality.

COVID quarantine arrangements

We are aware that in some areas of the UK, COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise both in schools and in the community. Things are very challenging for schools, pupils, parents and guardians. Earlier this week, we issued a special bulletin regarding a number of COVID-related updates issued in England, Scotland and Ireland. In case you haven’t seen it, the bulletin can be viewed by clicking here.

A reminder also that travel guidance for those entering the UK changes on Monday. We are seeking updated guidance on a number of COVID-related issues and will issue further essential updates as soon as we are able.

NHS scam email re ‘Student Consent Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccination’ 

You may have seen some media coverage earlier this week regarding potentially malicious emails titled ‘Student Consent Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccination’ or similar, targeted at particular individuals.

The emails are (incorrectly) branded to appear to originate from the NHS, and it is believed the emails are being sent to spread misinformation regarding vaccination against COVID-19.

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