Following a safe September return for our students we are now working hard to help students and parents during the initial part of the Spring term with schools closing and our students needing assistance with accommodation and travel.
Our host families, drivers and residential staff are putting in place additional precautions to keep students safe during these times when they are away from school. You can read more about these measures on this page.
We are busy arranging safe taxis for our students and taking care of them during their stay at our Quarantine and Settling-In Programmes and host families if their boarding houses close. We are able to extend stays at Cambridge Melchior College as well which is staying open for us throughout the remainder of the term.
We are pleased that having been working closely with our partner schools since March last year, we are united in our positive attitude to ensuring the transition of students back to education in the UK is smooth, whilst keeping international students as safe as possible.
In preparation for students arriving in the UK, we have prepared the following up to date advice for our parents and students to prepare them for a safe journey over.
Our focus as guardians is to ensure our students stay safe whilst they are away from their boarding house. Schools have been working hard and continue to adapt to the ever-changing situation and we want everyone to feel reassured that we are doing the same. In cooperation with our partner schools, agents and parents we have formulated our 6 point enhanced service plan.
Safe transportation is very much part of our six-point plan. Coronavirus has broadened the definition of the term 'safe travel' and so it is important to know that we are your guardian are following all the necessary government guidance. Our drivers continue to uphold our Covid-19 Driver and Passenger Safety Policy a policy and so we can reassure parents that Covid-safety, as well as road-safety, will be our drivers' top priority. Please contact us if you would like to view a copy of our Driver Policy and Charter.
We are providing accommodation in host families, not only for the holidays but throughout the term as and when required.
Our host families will have signed up for our Covid-19 Safe Plan for Host Families should students fall ill with Covid-19 symptoms while they are staying with them.
Our host family network is also ready to help in the case of further school closures which are currently happening.
Sanitation also features heavily in our advice to our host family network. Hosts are implementing enhanced daily cleaning procedures in all rooms.
Host families and Relax & Revise residential staff will also be encouraging students to wash their hands regularly and remain in the house as much as possible during their stay.
We are liaising with schools to ensure that they will be isolating children who present with symptoms whilst in the boarding house. This complies with UK Government advice. It is not possible or right to place a symptomatic student into a host family.
Our residential quarantine and Relax & Revise holiday programmes have their own Coronavirus Contingency Policy and plan which includes the provision of isolation facilities. They will also offer medical assistance, should students present with symptoms during their stay.
If a child presents with symptoms while in a host family, then the host family will take full care of the student and will arrange for appropriate medical assistance. In accordance with the household isolation guidance, our students would be required to isolate for 14 days, if a member of the host family showed symptoms.
Schools have invested much time and so much work putting extra measures in place to ensure that the risk of infection is minimal in school.
When students leave school and are under our care, we have a duty and a responsibility to ensure that the same due diligence is continued out of school. When students stay with a Bright World host family, schools can rest assured that government guidance is being followed by the host family and social distancing, wearing of masks in shops and on public transport will be expected of students.
Rules for quarantine changed in December 2020 and students now have the chance to leave sooner by taking part in the 'Testing for Release' scheme. This involves taking a test on day 5 of Quarantine. If the test is negative then they no longer need to isolate. Tests could take up to 72 hours to be returned. Test to Release Scheme.
Whilst quarantining with Bright World, students benefit from comfortable and high-quality residential accommodation at Cambridge Melchior College.
We will encourage the wearing of masks for all students on our quarantine and residential programmes and we are giving guidance to schools on the importance of students being allowed to wear masks at school. We are pleased to report that most schools seem to be promoting the wearing of masks but if you are worried about your school not allowing this, then let us know and we will speak to them for you.
Students flying home are required by their destination country to have a Covid-19 test before they leave the UK. Bright World can help.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Bright World has been a vital extra level of support to overseas parents, students and schools. We were able to help keep all students safely in the UK for the February term and then suddenly safely into host families and onto planes home when schools closed in March 2020.
Now the focus lies strongly on getting ensuring students Stay Safe throughout the academic year. Bright World again is liaising daily with our partner schools. We are delighted to be part of forward-thinking cooperation of schools and guardians called Safe Schools UK.
The objectives of the initiative are:
Our Managing Director, Lana Foster, is a Trustee of AEGIS, The Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students. Bright World is pleased to endorse and follow the standards set by AEGIS during the Coronavirus Crisis. We are proud to have achieved GOLD standard accreditation of this important inspectorate.
Bright World is a proud member of the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard. The scheme ensures that businesses adhere to local public health guidance and has carried out a full Covid-19 risk assessment, to ensure that all required policies and processes are in place.
View our Coronavirus contingency plan
Our solutions and options for holiday times.
Please also get in touch with us if you are are a parent who needs assistance with guardianship or quarantine accommodation and you are not yet registered with Bright World.
Following the closure of schools, we are busy ensuring our students stay safe. Our host families, drivers, and residential staff are putting in place additional precautions to keep students safe whilst schools are closed.