YEAR 6 PUPILS IN BOARDING SCHOOLS: Q+A

Purpose

The Government has asked primary schools, from the week commencing 1 June 2020 at the earliest, to welcome back children in Nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6. This is alongside the priority groups – the vulnerable children, and the children of key workers – for whom education settings continue to be open. 

This Q+A is for boarding schools that cater for year 6 pupils, as very few younger children board. Further guidance in relation to secondary schools and years 10 and 12 will follow.

How can boarding schools manage their boarding houses when year 6 pupils return?

The Government’s guidance on isolation for residential schools https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings applies to mainstream boarding schools. This guidance recognises that what constitutes a household may be complex. Sharing kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping spaces are important considerations. The guidance states that it is important to decide whether the whole setting should be treated as a single household or as multiple households. For example, where residential provision is spread across several, separate buildings, the school may wish to treat these as different households.

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