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KWC follows strict measures to welcome back international boarders

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King William's College follows strict quarantine and self-isolation measures in order to welcome back international boarders.

Following strict arrangements for quarantine and self-isolation of its international students, approved by Isle of Man Public Health, King William’s College will re-open its boarding houses in time for the school’s return at the start of the new academic year on Thursday 10th September.

Since mid-March all of the school’s scheduled classes were delivered via a detailed online offering which saw its students, from Reception to Upper Sixth (Year 13), continue their studies through a number of platforms. The school then re-opened its doors on 22nd June following the Isle of Man Government’s announcement that social distancing was no longer a requirement within the Manx community.

King William’s College and The Buchan School has now confirmed it will open fully, including the return of its international boarders, next month.

It’s been more than 85 days since a case of Covid-19 was recorded in the Isle of Man.

Principal Joss Buchanan commented:

‘Although we welcomed back a number of pupils for the final two weeks of last term, we are delighted to now be in a position where we can fully return to normal school life and have the entire College community back together on campus.

‘The safety of the children and staff remains our paramount concern and we are implementing all government advised protective measures against Covid-19 and meeting every hygiene requirement to reduce any possible risk of infection. 

‘We are also aware countries around the world remain at very different points of the Covid-19 pandemic, and working alongside Isle of Man Public Health, have put in place stringent quarantine arrangements as all of our returning boarders will need to self-isolate for a period of 14 days upon arrival in the Island.’

Throughout the pandemic College has worked closely with a number of agencies, including Isle of Man Public Health and Castletown Medical Centre, to ensure it provides the safest and best possible learning experiences for its young people in all areas of College life. This has included introducing isolation areas with single-use rooms and communal facilities during the quarantine period. A protocol is also in place for any suspected cases of Covid-19.

If quarantine regulations are still in place by October half-term (23rd October -2nd November), the school’s boarding houses will remain open for international boarders.

Director of Public Health Henrietta Ewart said:

‘Over the last few months we have been working closely with King William’s College to ensure robust arrangements are in place so that children arriving in school from other jurisdictions can self-isolate. The school has carried out risk assessments of all its boarding houses and facilities which we have followed up with onsite inspections.

‘Everybody is approaching this task with the safety of pupils and staff as their absolute priority and we are happy the College is fulfilling all its requirements.’