Dear Colleagues,

Following queries from a number of member schools, the Department for Education has advised us that the Boarding school students from red list countries: quarantine arrangements for England will be updated as follows:

It is the Government’s intention to update Schedule 11, paragraph 18 (3)(a) of the regulations (The Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (legislation.gov.uk)) to change the date of a person that ‘is, or was on the 1st September 2020, a child’ to ‘is, or was on the 1st September 2021, a child’. This will align the regulations with the current policy that arrivals aged 18 and above enter the Managed Quarantine Service (MQS), and that the boarding school MQS exemption is available to those under 18 only. The update to regulations will be made by the Department of Health and Social Care, and we anticipate that it will come into effect in early September 2021.

Despite the original letter having the old date on it, schools/pupils should be reminded that they still need to carry this letter with them when they travel.

Wales: Guidance for boarding schools about students arriving in Wales from red list countries: isolation arrangements

We have been advised by the Welsh Government that it will be publishing its Guidance for boarding schools about students arriving in Wales from red list countries: isolation arrangements tomorrow (Wednesday, 25 August). We will share a copy with members as soon as it is available.

Afghanistan

Members will be aware of the recent developments in Afghanistan. If your school is doing anything to support the community in the UK or in Afghanistan itself, including offering places to pupils, do let BSA know via bsa@boarding.org.uk

Best wishes,

The BSA Team
bsa@boarding.org.uk