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Tatler reveals what the return to boarding school after Covid will really look like


Over the next few weeks, students and teachers across the country will be returning to boarding schools for the first time in up to six months.

And now Tatler has revealed the careful and considerate behind-the-scenes planning that has resulted in children being welcomed back to boarding houses and classrooms.

From assemblies for virtual gatherings, to rigorous hand washing and laundry routines, to implementing a reintegration and recovery program, many go way beyond that to ensure their facilities are Covid-proof.

Here FEMAIL takes a look at some of the measures some of the largest and oldest schools have taken ahead of the new semester …

Tatler has revealed the careful and considerate planning of some of the UK's most prestigious schools to welcome well-heeled children from across the country back to their guest houses and classrooms (Image: Marlborough College, Wiltshire)

Arrival at the boarding school

While some have taken in key workers and their families during the pandemic, the New Year marks the first time all students have been welcomed back through the school gates.

While new students, often referred to as "newbies" or "mussels", usually met future classmates and staff through "Break the Induce" introductory days and barbecues, new cohorts only had to meet virtually on Zoom.

The first day of the semester will be different too, with online Covid forms and temperature checks to make sure everyone stays safe.

In several schools, the submission will also represent a deviation from the norm. Kate Middleton's former school at Marlborough College in Wiltshire only allows one parent per child to go to dormitories to settle down and unpack at any given time.

Meanwhile, at Wellington College in Berkshire, parents are asked to stay in their cars while a houseparent helps students settle in.

Teach in bubbles

Beadles, in Steep, has discontinued its long-standing tradition of housing mixed-age dormitories to keep students in their own grade groups

Beadles, in Steep, has discontinued its long-standing tradition of housing mixed-age dormitories to keep students in their own grade groups

Most schools will create a "bladder system" that includes different year groups, boarding houses, and classes.

Cottesmore Prep in Crawley will be dividing boarders into "households" by age, while Beadles in Steep has been putting out "mixed-age dorms" according to Tatler, with students only admitting students from their own year group.

At Wellington College, vulnerable or at-risk children are given priority in single rooms, while siblings are also invited to share a room.

leaving

While some schools have extended their school hours to extend class times, Oundle in Northamptonshire has added an extra Christmas week to give students and staff a break

While some schools have extended their school hours to extend class times, Oundle in Northamptonshire has added an extra Christmas week to give students and staff a break

Several schools have changed their dates and holidays to create “whole school bubbles” and provide extra class time for children who may have lagged behind during the pandemic.

Bedales, where Boris Johnson sent several of his children, will operate a "closed campus" for the first few weeks of the school year to minimize the risk of someone bringing the virus back to school.

And Oundle has already added an extra week to the Christmas break to help staff and students take an appropriate break and boost their immune systems.

hygiene

Ludgrove students in Woking can expect "strict hand and breath hygiene and improved cleaning practices at all points in the school," according to Tatler

Ludgrove students in Woking can expect "strict hand and breath hygiene and improved cleaning practices at all points in the school," according to Tatler

While many schools plan to work in bladders as an integral part of their Covid plan, strict hygiene standards have been put in place across the board.

At St. Anselm & # 39; s in Derbyshire, students are housed in a classroom and are required to wipe desks and equipment at the beginning and end of sessions.

Students at Ludgrove can expect & # 39;strict hand and respiratory hygiene and improved cleaning practices in all areas of the school. & # 39;

School laundries are expected to be busier than ever. Some schools tell parents that all parts of the uniform that cannot be machine washed must be replaced.

Millfield, Somerset, asked students to bring at least five masks and a personal bottle of hand sanitizer

Millfield, Somerset, asked students to bring at least five masks and a personal bottle of hand sanitizer

Student at Cottesmore may be downcast to know they won't be able to wear their usual ties and sashes to showcase sports colors during PE.

In the meantime, masks have become an indispensable part of the uniform list. Most children need to bring at least two machine washable covers to school.

Millfield in Somerset went a step further and asked students to bring at least five masks and a personal bottle of hand sanitizer.

No chapel and online gatherings

At least for now, many schools are treated as chapels, entire school assemblies and assemblies are treated as "impossible".

However, some adjust the rituals virtually. Bedales students are expected to be split into smaller groups to watch the gatherings aired on Microsoft Teams.

Sports

While sporting events and games against other schools are currently suspended, many schools have used their stunning surroundings to encourage children to exercise.

Tom Rogerson, director of Cottesmore Prep, said their "sprawling grounds" are "a great canvas for creativity and play" and that children are encouraged to try paddle boarding, rowing and fishing on the lake.

consultation

Wellington College students in Berkshire can expect to attend a reintegration and recovery program that offers workshops and individual pastoral tutorials

Wellington College students in Berkshire can expect to attend a reintegration and recovery program that offers workshops and individual pastoral tutorials

Several schools said they wanted to give students enough time to recover from the stressful return, and some specifically planned downtime for the timetable to help students.

In the meantime, others are working hard to provide students with access to counseling and encourage them to see the mental effects of lockdown.

Wellington College has set up a reintegration and recovery program for students and parents with workshops and individual pastoral tutorials, while Cottesmore invites all preschoolers with a parent to attend their “Talk It Out” webinar for everyone to share their concerns and concerns return to school with confidence.

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