Following various requests from schools, and
conversations with the ISC, here is an update and advisory note on the Ebola
1. Medical update
See the ISC/BSA guidance note.
Some information about Ebola has been in place for some
time, while more is being issued daily. Please find below 14 links giving comprehensive
information on Ebola and how the global outbreak is being managed. These may be
useful for you when communicating with staff, pupils, governors, parents or
2. Managing concerns about Ebola
Contact between pupils from different countries
Schools with a mix of students from different countries may
be facing concerns from parents about whether their child should be associating
with, for instance, other pupils from countries affected by Ebola. Some pupils
may also be displaying their own ‘fear of contagion’ behaviour having reached
their own conclusions, informed or otherwise, about whether they are at risk.
We recommend that staff, pupils and parents are told that any fears they may
have within a school are low-risk and this reassurance should come, ideally,
from a senior staff member with responsibility for pastoral care. It may
also be worth adding that anyone with any concerns can contact your school
nurse for advice at any time.
Travel arrangements for pupils
Schools with students from seriously affected countries, or
neighbouring countries (ie Sierra Leone or wider West Africa), planning to
travel home at half term, will need to follow the latest advice from the UK
Government, and from their own government back home. This could, potentially,
mean that they are advised not to travel home (in which case alternative
supervision arrangements will need to be made for them) or they may face
screening or other restrictions when returning to the UK. In issuing any
specific advice for students, it is crucial this is done in full accordance
with guidance from your school nurse and GP, and that any medical steps they
recommend are closely followed.
3. School policy example
Heathfield School has kindly shared their Ebola policy,
which you may find useful.
As appropriate we will issue further advice on Ebola, as the
situation develops. Meantime if you have any specific medical queries, not
covered by your own nurse, GP or the links in , please feel free to contact
Kathy Compton, nursing adviser to the BSA via firstname.lastname@example.org