This week’s Covid-19 communication covers:
- New update as of 26.05.20
- Links to previous advice.
As ever the update is issued by BSA in conjunction with our partners BAISIS and ISC. BSA reminds all schools that it is not a medical, statutory or legal authority and any advice is given on that basis.
A.1: What has changed
Despite lockdown measures continuing to ease in many countries, UNESCO still reports country-wide closures in 150 countries. The “school closure” monitor indicates that Norway, France, Iceland, New Zealand, and Austria are among the countries which have fully reopened, but even in those countries this is not necessarily for all pupils in all year groups, and attendance is variable. Some countries with federal systems, such as USA, Australia, and Germany, run education on a state by state basis, so reopening plans may vary in different areas. As highlighted last week, UNESCO has also produced a Framework for Reopening, aimed mainly at Governments, but also of use to schools in understanding wider thinking, and for those schools which are truly independent of state control.
WHO figures indicate an increase of three-quarters of a million new cases since last week with 342,029 reported deaths (compared to 307,395) There is significant concern about the rate of increase in infections in Brazil, and in some other South American countries. However the daily rate of increase in cases remains over 1,000 in certain countries in Europe, North America, South-East Asia, and the Middle East. In the UK reported deaths have risen from 34,636 to 36,914 with the rate slowing considerably, but still with a relatively high number of new daily infections compared to many countries. When negotiating a way towards reopening boarding houses, it is essential that we remember the impact of the disease on individuals, families, schools, and communities, and the thoughts of everyone at BSA remain with all those who have been impacted.
A.2: Covid-Safe Charter
Many BSA member schools asked for co-ordinated action to reassure pupils and parents that boarding schools took their responsibilities very seriously and that boarding would be a safe environment to which pupils could return. This issue of parent and pupil confidence exists not just for schools in the UK, but for any school which is asking parents and carers to entrust them with their children’s care, as well as their education. With this in mind, BSA today launches its COVID-SAFE CHARTER