Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, BSB has closely followed Belgian Government guidelines and all decisions have been made in the context of both these requirements and scientific expertise from sources such as The World Health Organisation and the Belgian Ministry of Health & Education. BSB’s Core Crisis Team has met regularly to evaluate the evolving situation and make decisions accordingly. Our first priority has always been to put the health and safety of our community – our students, families and teachers – first.
Our second priority has been to ensure the ongoing education of our students. Since 19 March, we have been able to implement our prepared Continuous Learning Provision to enable our children to continue their learning at home.
The Belgian government announced a gradual reopening of Belgian schools on 18 May. In line with government guidelines, we prepared for the reopening of the BSB campus to students. We have been learning and collaborating with colleagues in other international schools to share experience and ideas. The health and safety of students, families and teachers remains paramount, so we have aligned a phased plan to reopen the school per below.
- 18 May 2020: Year 12 and Year 2 students were welcomed back to campus on a part-time basis.
- 28 May 2020: Year 1 students were welcomed back to campus on a part-time basis.
- Further Year Group students were welcomed back to campus on a part-time basis during June 2020.
These Year Groups were selected following government guidelines and considering what was possible for BSB within its own limitations and specifications.
The arrangements for a gradual return to campus involved adjusting our usual start/end times of the school day to ensure the safe movement of different groups of students on campus. We also reviewed under what conditions parents were able to come onto campus for drop off and pick up of younger students, ensuring parents maintained social distancing and hygiene requirements. We have been meticulous regarding regular cleaning and sanitisation.
Further information about the timings for the gradual return to campus for these Year Groups is communicated to those parents involved.
During partial reopening, we continued with our planned Continuous Learning Provision (CLP) for those Year Groups not yet back on campus. All information is available to current parents on our virtual learning platform and through regular updates from the Principal sent via our parent portal.
We are open to all students on our first day of term following guidelines from the Belgian government.
ADMISSIONS - WE CONTINUE TO WELCOME NEW STUDENTS
We continue to accept new applications at any time of the calendar year, and have successfully welcomed numerous new students during the lockdown period including arranging for the provision and collection of laptops and iPads in a safe environment and online training by our technical team to get started.
Our Admissions Team remain open for business at Admissions@britishschool.be. Our pre-joining interviews continue via Skype and where possible have resumed face-to-face as appropriate.
Please click here to visit our virtual tour of our school. Admissions is also open for tours on campus at predetermined and scheduled times.
Read about how we have continued to ensure prospective families receive the warm welcome and support that BSB is renowned for here