We are pleased to report that all our guardianship students arrived safely at their UK Boarding School following a much needed rest during the Summer break.
The Guardianship Care team is busy helping to ensure students enjoy a safe October half term break with their Bright World host family or helping to ensure they arrive safely at the airport, if they are flying home for the holiday.
Our host families and drivers continue to put additional precautions in place to keep students safe during times when they are away from school. You can read more about these measures on this page.
Host family accommodation will be available again this Christmas in the face of ongoing travel restrictions across the globe. For students who are able to fly home, the Bright World Guardianship Care team continues to offer Pre-flight testing assistance and airport transfers.
We are pleased that having been working closely with our partner schools since March 2020 and 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 created the following advice for our parents and students to prepare them for a safe journey over. We are here to help with post-arrival testing, safe airport pickups and quarantine if this is required for non-red list arrivals.
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.
Since July 2021, under-18s travelling from overseas to UK boarding schools, have not been required to quarantine, unless arriving from red list countries. This is because students studying on Child Student visas are considered 'Ordinarily resident' in the UK.
Bright World continues to offer safe, comfortable quarantine for students over the age of 18, if required. Students arriving from countries on the red list must quarantine at their boarding school. We are also supporting our students in accessing their Travel Test packages.
Find out more about the entry requirements on our pre-departure page for arrivals.
Rules for quarantine changed in December 2020 and students now have the chance to leave sooner by taking part in the 'Test to 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 or we can help students travel to a test site so they can leave quarantine even sooner. Find out more here - Test to Release Scheme.
As of 24 October fully vaccinated passengers and UK boarding school students under 18s arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a cheaper lateral flow test, instead of a PCR test, on or before day 2 of their arrival into the UK. These can be booked from 22 October.
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 has been ready to help during school closures and remains available during the longer Summer, Christmas and Easter holidays.
This year we realise that some of our students will be needing to stay in the UK for their Christmas holiday and will not be going home as usual. This may be due to flight restrictions, complications with testing and quarantine on return home and a general desire not to make long journeys and to stay in one place.
With this in mind, we have taken the decision to again offer host family accommodation for our students.
Sanitation also features heavily in our advice to our host family network. Hosts are implementing enhanced daily cleaning procedures in all rooms.
Host families 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.
If a child presents with symptoms while in a host family, then the host family will take full care of the student for the full period of their isolation and will arrange for appropriate medical assistance.
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.
On 4 October, the rules for international travel to England moved from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries.
Students flying home are required by most destination countries 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 and Policy.
Our solutions and options for holiday times.
Please get in touch if you need assistance with guardianship or quarantine accommodation.
Quarantine rules remain in place in the UK for some students. Read our quarantine frequently asked questions page for help and advice on requirements.
Advice to our staff on how to support our students returning to face to face learning.