Good news as plans are laid for new session

Notwithstanding the battalion council meeting proposed for last week, having been stood down for constitutional reasons, the officers who got together online were able to look at the plans to gradually move forward to face to face meetings in due course; towards perhaps to what is now being called the ‘‘new normal’. Officers are now able to meet during August with all the mask/distance criteria to enable all involved within a company to make plans for the new, if different, session ahead. Such plans will have to be flexible as they will be dependent on several varying circumstances. Firstly, the guidance from government. Then the rules from BB HQ (currently no face to face meetings with boys can take place before September at the earliest. Then the various premises used by companies will have individual requirements; for example from the church authorities but also schools, local authority halls and community facilities. Once these routes have been charted parents, too, will have to be included and their confidence ensured as to the safety of their children and what part they play. For face to face with boys officers will have to plan suitable activities with equipment that can be cleaned and kept singular to each user. Thereafter these officers cannot then on the same evening work with any other sections or boys. With older boys restrictions seem more stringent although if school restart is anything to go by, these may change. All these plans may yet still involve blended-learning from #BBatHOME. With premises having to be cleaned before and after use; registers of attendees kept; monies and dues sealed in envelopes, there is much to learn and most importanlyt that everyone is totally aware of their part in making all these easements ‘‘Good News’’

By The Newsroom
Monday, 10th August 2020, 12:30 pm

Notwithstanding the battalion council meeting proposed for last week, having been stood down for constitutional reasons, the officers who got together online were able to look at the plans to gradually move forward to face to face meetings in due course; towards perhaps to what is now being called the ‘‘new normal’. Officers are now able to meet during August with all the mask/distance criteria to enable all involved within a company to make plans for the new, if different, session ahead. Such plans will have to be flexible as they will be dependent on several varying circumstances. Firstly, the guidance from government. Then the rules from BB HQ (currently no face to face meetings with boys can take place before September at the earliest. Then the various premises used by companies will have individual requirements; for example from the church authorities but also schools, local authority halls and community facilities. Once these routes have been charted parents, too, will have to be included and their confidence ensured as to the safety of their children and what part they play. For face to face with boys officers will have to plan suitable activities with equipment that can be cleaned and kept singular to each user. Thereafter these officers cannot then on the same evening work with any other sections or boys. With older boys restrictions seem more stringent although if school restart is anything to go by, these may change. All these plans may yet still involve blended-learning from #BBatHOME. With premises having to be cleaned before and after use; registers of attendees kept; monies and dues sealed in envelopes, there is much to learn and most importanlyt that everyone is totally aware of their part in making all these easements ‘‘Good News’’

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