Further to our regular guidance issued earlier this week, please see below an update issued on Friday, August 07, 2020 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.  

BSA has been delighted to receive, along with the other associations, a letter from Graham Stuart MP at the Department for International Trade which is aimed at international students and their parents.  The letter makes it clear that the UK is ready to welcome international students back to their schools, and also references the measures schools have taken in line with the BSA Covid-Safe charter. The minister writes:  “International students bring huge benefits to the UK, socially, culturally and economically and, as a government, we are proud that so many parents trust UK schools to give their children the best possible education. International students make our world class schools even better. They enrich the experience of all students, bring greater diversity to our school campuses and stimulate fresh ideas and new perspectives. This cultural exchange helps build life-long friendships, as well as laying the foundations for future networks, and important business, political and diplomatic bridges.”  The full letter is available on the BSA website.  BSA is extremely grateful to the Minister for his support for the sector.

Colleagues are also asked to note the changes to the list of countries which are exempt from the requirement to self-isolate on arrival in the UK.  In addition to Spain, Serbia and Luxembourg three further countries have been removed from the list of exemptions, and two added.  Travellers arriving from Malaysia and Brunei no longer need to self-isolate, but those from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas now do.  BSA advises schools to ensure that any self-isolation plans are flexible enough to cope with these and future amendments to the list. For schools in England, BSA has also been in regular communication with colleagues at DfE, who have advised that additional guidance on self-isolating for international pupils arriving at school will be published imminently.  DfE is aware of the urgency with which this advice is needed, but is having to work closely with other Government departments before it can be published.  BSA will advise schools as soon as the guidance is available.  Our next regular guidance update will be on August 17, 2020.  

If you would like further advice from the BSA, please email bsa@boarding.org.uk.
Best wishes 
Robin Fletcher
Chief Executive, BSA and BSA Group