Dear members

This week’s Covid-19 communication covers:

  1. New update as of 04.05.20
  2. 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
Across the world, countries are either easing or planning to ease lockdown measures. Although many of the lockdown themes in recent weeks have been common across the world, there have been a number of significant differences, and strategies for reopening similarly vary from country to country. Some countries are gradually reopening schools, but others have made it clear that they are not contemplating reopening before September. Irish Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced on Friday that Irish schools would reopen as phase five of a graded plan, and not before the summer. Where reopening is taking place, generally it is not for the full cohort and with safety and distancing measures in place. Germany, where each state decides education policy, today reopened “some schools in some states on some days for some year groups”. Schools also reopened today in Vietnam, but many countries in Asia remain very cautious, with Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong not yet planning to reopen.

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