February Break 2020
Information for the Boarding Community
Boarders are permitted to leave campus for the break after school finishes at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, and should have left campus by 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 (unless your child is on a school-organized trip).
We will be using our Boardingware leave application system to approve individual plans for your children over the February Break but, with the exception of those students going on school-organized trips, please ensure you document flight details to your child’s house parents as soon as you have confirmed arrangements. Information can also be sent to the Boarding Office by email to Gill Calton: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please understand that we require timely and accurate information about your child(ren)’s travel in order to make the necessary arrangements. 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 will be 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. We will also require confirmation of a UK resident who can be contacted in the event that there are problems with flights. Parents will be contacted individually to confirm plans.
Shuttle buses will run to London Heathrow on a regular basis after school finishes on Friday, February 14 and on Saturday morning, February 15, 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 are not run during the school day.
The shuttle buses depart from TASIS to all London Heathrow terminals at the following times:
Friday, February 14
Saturday, February 15
Return Travel Arrangements
Boarders should return to TASIS on Sunday, February 23, 2020 by 19:00 (7 p.m.) Please do not book flights that will have your son or daughter returning to school after this time.
With the exception of those families where agreement has been made prior to February Break, please note that students and their families are responsible for their return to school at the end of their break. Taxi information may be found below concerning a reliable company where you can book online to ensure your child’s safe collection from the airport. Classes resume on Monday, February 24, 2019.
Please note that, with the exception of those arriving back from the Skiing Trip, students cannot return before Sunday, February 23, 2020, as the School will not be staffed and there is no provision for meals, nurses, or other services.
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 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 for further information on pre-booking a taxi or you may call Gemini on +44 1784 471111. Addison Lee also offers comprehensive arrangements for delivering and collecting your child – book online at www.addisonlee.com
A Reminder – Spring Break Dates
With Spring Break coming hard on the heels of student return from February Break please note the following dates.
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. The return date for boarders is Sunday, April 19, 2020.