COVID-19 - Our response

OUR POSITION

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. However, since Belgium is currently in a ‘lockdown’ to limit the spread of COVID-19, our campus is currently closed to students. Fortunately, since 19 March, we have been able to implement our prepared Continuous Learning Provision to enable our children to continue their learning at home.

REOPENING

The Belgian government announced that as from 3 May there will be a phasing-in of next steps, which includes the gradual reopening of Belgian schools on 18 May. In line with government guidelines, we are preparing 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.

  • From 18 May 2020, Year 12 and Year 2 students will be welcomed back to campus on a part-time basis.
  • From 28 May 2020, Year 1 students will also be welcomed back to campus on a part-time basis.
  • Further Year Group students will be 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 may involve adjusting our usual start/end times of the school day to ensure the safe movement of different groups of students on campus. We have also reviewed under what conditions parents would be able to come onto campus for drop off and pick up of younger students, and how we could do this while ensuring parents are maintaining social distancing and hygiene requirements. We have been meticulous regarding regular cleaning and sanitisation. Specific information for the Year Groups who will be returning part-time will be communicated to parents directly.

Further information about the timings for the gradual return to campus for these Year Groups will be communicated to those parents involved.

During partial reopening, we will continue 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.

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 this 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.

Please click here to visit our virtual tour of our school.

Read about how we have continued to ensure prospective families receive the warm welcome and support that BSB is renowned for here


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