In the light of the ongoing and developing situation regarding the Novel Coronavirus, Covid-19, the School is monitoring the situation regularly and taking a dynamic approach to this complex and changing picture, following the advice of Public Health England (PHE) in conjunction with the British Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA), to ensure the health of our whole community, including pupils and staff.
The wellbeing of our whole School community is of the utmost importance at this time, especially those from China and other affected areas. Houseparents, Tutors and the School’s Medical Support Staff are all available to talk with pupils and to try and allay any anxiety or worries they may have; pupils have been informed that they should not hesitate to talk with any of these staff if they wish.
The latest advice from PHE has been revised to apply to travellers who have returned to the UK, not only from mainland China, but also from Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau.
They advise that anyone who has returned to the UK from any of these affected areas in the last 14 days and who develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:
We have established that no members of the school community are travelling to mainland China or Hong Kong during half-term. We have strongly advised all pupils from the other affected regions to remain in the UK, and have made sure that they have places to stay in the UK during half-term, mostly with guardians or host families. All the families of our pupils from affected countries are cooperating with us, for which the School is especially grateful at what is, understandably, a difficult and anxious time for these families.
No parents from mainland China are visiting the School unless they have been in the UK for at least 14 days previously and have not developed any symptoms. We have also strongly advised all parents from the other affected regions not to travel to the UK at any time, and not to come into contact with any members of the school community. We have cancelled all planned visits to and from the affected regions.
As the situation is changing so rapidly, we have not yet made any official announcement regarding the Easter holidays. However, if the advice remains as it is now, we can foresee implementing similar measures at this time.
The School will continue to monitor the situation and update policy as official advice changes.