Our thoughts go out to our students and their parents who have been affected by the Coronavirus and associated travel restrictions. It must be a very difficult and stressful time for all. We aim, as guardians, to provide a safe and enjoyable solution to our students who are having to stay back in the UK rather than going home to see their parents.
Bright World is following advice from The Department for Education, Public Health England and our accrediting body AEGIS. Please see extracts below from from the AEGIS Covid-19 statement on 15th March;
"The latest advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised against all but essential travel to certain countries such as Italy, Spain, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Slovakia and certain areas in China, Iran and South Korea. For further details regarding specific countries please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice
The Boarding Schools Association release advice on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) to member schools every Monday. This advice includes the need for schools to plan for the safe accommodation of their international students over the Easter holiday."
"Previously our advice, and that of our guardianship organisations, was that students should stay in the UK for the upcoming Easter holiday and until travel restrictions are lifted as guardians are unlikely to be able to provide “quarantine” on their return within their homestay families. This is due to the risk to host families themselves and the wider community. There are also insurance implications for both host families and guardianship organisations should they agree to take on students at risk of being contagious. It is essential to have discussions with the school and parents about this. This advice still stands, however as cases in the UK begin to rise and the virus spreads, more overseas parents are asking that their children return home for Easter.
We refer to the PHE Advice Sheet on Self-Isolation https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-self-isolation-for-patients-undergoing-testing/advice-sheet-home-isolation
Having consulted PHE, the advice is that a student showing symptoms should self-isolate wherever they are when they begin to show symptoms and ideally should not be moved."
Bright World students usually travel home for Easter and our host families spend time with their own families or go away on holiday themselves. This year, however, we have made an appeal to our host family network to help out and the response has been fantastic. Many of our host families are offering to host our students for either part of the Easter holiday or for its duration. Where our students have a regular host family who they know very well, we think this option is probably the best and we are doing our best to facilitate their wishes.
Three weeks in a host family can be very hard-going for both the student and the host. With no planned activities on offer students can quickly become demotivated and bored. Easter is a very important time for many in terms of revising and studying but keeping healthy and getting out and about is just as important. At Bright World, we find many students are more settled and comfortable for longer periods if they are in a residential college campus setting.
To cater for the larger numbers of students staying in the UK for Easter, we have secured more spaces at Cambridge Melchior College where we run our usual Easter Relax & Revise Programme. Many of our students like to bring their friends along with them. We encourage parents to get in touch with us immediately if they would like a place on this programme.
View our Coronavirus contingency plan
View the programme for our Relax & Revise programme at Cambridge Melchior College
Please also get in touch with us if you are are a parent who needs assistance with accommodation during the half term or Easter and you are not yet registered with Bright World
Apply for a place on one of our Relax & Revise programmes by completing our online application form