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1/2 term begins today, what will happen to pupils who board at their school?

(17 Posts)
biba70 Fri 16-Oct-20 13:36:19

With new regulations re Covid in mind, and half term beginning- what will happen to all school boarders (mainly private schools, but also some State run ones)?

biba70 Fri 16-Oct-20 13:38:07

at my grandson's school, they come from all over the UK and many from abroad- many returned from abroad, some from China, after February half-term:

Riverwalk Fri 16-Oct-20 13:39:05

As at all holidays, the boarders will go home or to their guardians.

lemongrove Fri 16-Oct-20 13:41:33

What Riverwalk says.

biba70 Fri 16-Oct-20 13:57:07

but if their parents or guardians live in regions in emergency measures? Will they then return to school in non emergency zones after half term - as per normal? What about those who have parents who live abroad and normally fly home?

Kalu Fri 16-Oct-20 14:01:31

Best to phone the school biba and they can explain what measures will be taken.

lemongrove Fri 16-Oct-20 14:02:07

They could stay with a friend and their parents or stay at school in extremis.

GagaJo Fri 16-Oct-20 14:02:37

They will stay at school. My school has chosen to send them (with me, house parent) to an activity camp.

Riverwalk Fri 16-Oct-20 14:09:51

biba70

but if their parents or guardians live in regions in emergency measures? Will they then return to school in non emergency zones after half term - as per normal? What about those who have parents who live abroad and normally fly home?

All boarders from abroad have a designated guardian in the UK, either a relative or a paid guardian.

Even in these Covid times, children will return to their parents/guardians in the UK, unless there are some extreme measures in place.

As to whom the schools allow to return after half-term is anyone's guess!

biba70 Fri 16-Oct-20 14:12:52

Kalu, not asking about any specific school- but the general principle. My last school in the UK was a boarding school (State) and we often hosted students who could not go back home for half-term- but currently it is totally different if kids are supposed to return to parents, etc, who live in High risk zone, or abroad.

Callistemon Fri 16-Oct-20 14:20:14

The relevant school website will have an update.

geekesse Fri 16-Oct-20 14:41:36

A school local to me has arranged for all overseas boarders to stay together in one boarding house. They will have a full programme of leisure activities and use of the gym, swimming pool and other facilities. The main problem is that many professional guardians live in tier 2 areas, so can’t have them to stay for half term as they normally would.

biba70 Fri 16-Oct-20 15:06:27

thanks geekesse, that was my very point.

Missfoodlove Fri 16-Oct-20 15:11:19

We often hosted our sons friends over half term if their parents were abroad.
It’s quite usual for overseas students to only return home for the 3 long breaks.

PECS Fri 16-Oct-20 16:47:43

Private schools have access to government guidelines same as any other schools. They will need to follow those.
I can't imagine any business, which private schools are, not having looked closely at its service and business plan during the ongoing pandemic and putting stand by arrangements in place. I can see it is hard for the young people but thatvis what parents have chosen for them.

Chewbacca Fri 16-Oct-20 17:03:48

👍 PECS

GagaJo Fri 16-Oct-20 17:12:21

Exactly PECS. I took a Japanese girl for a Covid test today. The fees her parents pay, with lots of additional extras, cover one to one attention and care from staff.