Spring Break 2020
Information for the Boarding Community
Information correct at time of posting – March 5, 2020 – but updates will be made if necessary
Boarders are permitted to leave campus for the Spring Break after school finishes at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, and should have left campus by 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 4, (unless your child is staying on campus during the Break.
As usual, we will be using Boardingware to approve individual plans for your children over the Spring Break. Please be clear about your arrangements and ensure you document flight details (if applicable) if your child is travelling off campus.
In this unique circumstance, TASIS has offered to remain open during the Break to accommodate students who wish or are required to remain on campus. Please ensure that, if your child is staying at school, you make this clear in your request.
As always, we require timely and accurate information about your child(ren)’s arrangements especially if they are travelling off campus. This information extends to their arrangements to travel back to campus too, and is essential for their safety and well-being.
Please do not assume that your child in Grade 9 or above is entitled to a chaperone to the airport. We provide a busing service to London Heathrow terminals which will help you in planning and the times of the buses are listed below. The majority of our students will use these (or make their own arrangements). If you choose to use an unaccompanied minor service with an airline, but it is not a requirement for your child to travel as an unaccompanied minor, it is your responsibility to ensure that arrangements are in place for someone to pick them up from school and accompany them to check in.
Arrangements for students in Grade 8 are handled separately and we will require earlier and much more detailed information relating to your child’s plans to ensure that there are no potential issues relating to the departing flight for your child.
Shuttle buses will run to London Heathrow on a regular basis after school finishes on Friday, April 3, and on Saturday morning, April 4, 2020. Students who need a ride to Heathrow Airport will be given the option of joining a school shuttle at one of the stated times (we reserve the right to cancel a bus if uptake is not sufficient). Students who need transportation at any other time will need to make their own arrangements. Shuttles do not run during the school day.
The shuttle buses will depart from TASIS to all London Heathrow terminals at the following times:
Friday, April 3
Saturday, April 4
Return Travel Arrangements
The return date for boarders is Sunday, April 19, 2020 the exception being, to accommodate revision, those students taking their IB Diploma exams this year who have permission to return by the latest Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Please note that students and their families are responsible for their return to school at the end of the break. Taxi information may be found below concerning reliable companies where you can book on-line to ensure your child’s safe collection from the airport.
Classes resume on Monday, April 20, 2020
Heathrow Airport to TASIS: Taxi Service Information
We recommend that students pre-book a taxi and co-ordinate with other students if possible to share the ride and cost. Please ensure that your child has money on hand to pay for their taxi ride. Fares start to Heathrow at £18 for Terminal 5 and £22 for all other Terminals, however, they increase for early morning or late night collections. There is an additional cost for in-terminal pick-ups. Please check the Gemini Taxi website or the Egham Cars website - https://eghamcarslimited.co.uk/ for further information on pre-booking a taxi or you may call Gemini on +44 1784 471111or Egham Cars on +44 1784 434484.
With exams and the end of the year coming hard on the heels of student return from Spring Break please watch this space for updates on exam schedules, arrangements, etc.