UK Boarding Schools have a long and proud history of placing student well-being at the forefront of the student experience. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, many of our schools have acted strategically, decisively and promptly, to ensure an outstanding level of care and responsiveness.
As the birthplace of outstanding education and innovation, we have an inherent responsibility to demonstrate leadership to the world in our response to the challenges faced in these unprecedented times.
On 10th May, the UK Government announced to the nation the roadmap to ending lockdown. On Tuesday 26th May, the BSA formally announced the BSA Covid-Safe charter. With that in mind, the #safeschools initiative has been set up to allow schools to quickly and clearly communicate to students, parents and their communities the safety measures that will be in place.
The objectives of the initiative are to:
Facilitate our core purpose of education to be continued with minimal disruption
Standardise a minimum level of precautionary measures across U.K. boarding schools
Ensure the safest possible environments for our day and boarding students
Bring the sector together with a strategic and considered approach
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Whilst it is impossible to eliminate risk entirely, it is possible for schools to put in procedures and policies that serve to reduce the risk of transmission. Schools who have joined the #safeschools initiative confirm they will implement the BSA Covid-Safe charter. This means that schools will:
Allow students to wear face masks in school
Undertake temperature checks or thermal scanning regularly for all non-resident individuals
Put in place and ensure appropriate social distancing measures
Ensure appropriate PPE for staff who require it
Provide a suitable isolation area to care for pupils who show symptoms
Read the full BSA Charter here
In addition to the above, #safeschools will commit to some or all of these following additional measures to create further confidence and reassurance in their school: