|Dear members This week’s Covid-19 communication covers: |
New update as of 01.06.20
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
Schools in England today take the first tentative steps towards a return to school, with pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 able to return to school. Among those returning are a number of Year 6 boarders, and BSA wishes every success to the schools concerned, and indeed to all our other members as they reopen or plan to reopen their boarding houses. Plans for some Year 10 and Year 12 pupils to return to school in England have also moved forward, with June 15 the targeted start date. Other parts of the UK do not envisage a return before next term, which will be mid-August in Scotland. As of yesterday, there remain country-wide closures in almost 150 countries, with localised arrangements in many of the others. There are now 367,161 reported deaths worldwide, and the concern about the rate of infection in South America is growing. With continuing difficulties in the USA, the Americas accounted for well over half of yesterday’s confirmed cases. Elsewhere in the world there remain significant clusters of cases in Russia and India, with significant further clusters or levels of community transmission in much of the Middle East. Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, and also in certain parts of Europe, especially France and the UK. The rate of both reported cases and recorded deaths in the UK continues to slow but reportedly not as swiftly as some experts had hoped. As of yesterday, there were 38,489 reported deaths, compared to 36,914 last week.
A.2: Covid-Safe Charter
BSA is grateful to those who have responded positively to last week’s launch of the BSA COVID-SAFE CHARTER, and it is particularly pleasing to have had expressions of support from across the world.