Update on Coronavirus – February 14, 2020
Update on Coronavirus – February 14, 202027th July 2019
We continue to monitor the situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak and to follow the advice of Public Health England (PHE), the National Health Service (NHS), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA).
We are taking careful precautions in line with this advice to ensure the health of our whole community here at Bishopstrow College, including students and staff.
We are mindful that there will be a number of parents who are concerned about the health of their children and would like to assure you that we are assessing any potential risks on a daily basis. The advice we are following is regularly updated and we would encourage you to follow these updates on the Public Health England (PHE) website which offers sensible and unbiased information to anyone who may be concerned. The latest update from the National Health Service (NHS) can be found here (www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus). We can confirm that there are no cases of coronavirus in the school community and no pupils or staff are from Wuhan or have travelled from the area.
Travel Restrictions Between the End of Term 2 and the Start of Term 3 (Friday 20 March to Monday 30 March)
In light of the prevailing situation, following the updated guidance from the FCO, PHE and BSA, we have decided to advise all of our students not to travel to China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau during the short holiday between the end of Term 2 (Friday 20 March) and the start of Term 3 (Monday 30 March) to prevent any risk of contagion and to prevent the need for quarantine when returning to the UK.
For those students who were planning to return to China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau, we would be grateful if arrangements can now be made to put in place accommodation with a local guardian, for the period Friday 20 March to Sunday 29 March, with students returning to the College from 3.00pm on Monday 30 March, the first day of Term 3.
Self-Isolation Requirements for Students Enrolling at Bishopstrow in Term 3 (commencing Monday 30 March)
We are now also making arrangements for those students enrolling at Bishopstrow in Term 3, who are travelling from China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau (and potentially other high risk areas). These students will be required to spend a period of 14 days in the UK before enrolling at Bishopstrow and should self-isolate during this time.
In light of the fact that the situation may escalate further, with further travel restrictions potentially put in place – including in relation to countries/regions that are not currently considered to be high risk – we would like to encourage all students enrolling in Term 3 to consider travelling to the UK as soon as possible and to enroll at Bishopstrow at an earlier date. We will be in touch with parents/guardians/agents in the next few days to discuss this further.
We are of course continuing to seek to minimise contact for our students with those who are at risk of carrying the infection and need the ongoing support of parents, guardians and agents in doing so please:
- We are insisting that anyone who has travelled from, or had close connection with anyone who has been within, a high risk area in the past two weeks, including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau, must not visit the College.
- Similarly we will not give our students permission to visit or stay with anyone who has travelled from, or had close connection with anyone who has been within, a high risk area, including China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau in the past two weeks.
- If there is any doubt about whether anyone might have had such contact, we ask all parents, agents and guardians to err on the side of caution please.
We understand that this is a difficult time for our students’ families in China and Hong Kong and we wish to reassure you that the health and wellbeing of your children are of our upmost concern, and we offer our support during this worrying period. Students with any concerns or questions are invited to discuss these with the Head of Boarding or their Tutors.
We will continue to keep you informed as the situation and official advice changes. Should you wish to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact the College.