As we start our Spring term, I would like to welcome our new and returning students who joined us on 9th January. It is lovely to see the school full of young people eager to learn and make new friends. Our vibrant, multicultural community is busy once again.
To the parents of our new and returning students, I would also like to extend a warm welcome to you too. I have enjoyed speaking to many of you over recent months about the provision we have in place to care and educate your child. It is encouraging to know that many of our parents and students believe that despite recent global challenges, the education of our young people remains important and should be championed.
I want to personally reassure you how important the welfare of our school communities, including students and staff, is to myself and our leadership team. We have a team dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest guidance and measures to ensure our school communities remain safe so our young people can focus on achieving excellence in a protected environment.
As we continue our journey together through the next school year, any changes to guidance that affect our school will be communicated to our students and parents through our Student Services team and our website.
Over the next several weeks, I will continue to communicate regular updates as our new students settle into life at CATS Academy. In the meantime, if any of our students or parents have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I look forward to communicating with you in my next announcement.
Head of School, CATS Academy
Welcoming students safely back this January: protecting your visa status
You may have read that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that International students who are pursuing degrees in the United States will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses.
This ruling does not affect CATS Academy Boston students as we will be opening for face-to-face tuition.
We are safely welcoming students back to campus to maximize learning and address students’ holistic needs. This is in line with guidance from The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which recommends a full range of measures to protect school communities.
For students who are unable to arrive for the start of the academic year, we will provide online learning to allow for the seamless transition to campus at various entry points.
Student Exchange Visa Program (SEVP) has issued new guidance for schools who have students coming to the United States this September. As a result of this new guidance we will be issuing each student with an updated I-20 to certify that CATS Academy is not operating entirely online. Students will receive their updated I-20 by email, your I-20 will have an electronic signature which is valid for entry.
You will be re-issued a new I-20 to return to campus in January 2021 and will need to complete the first semester of classes online.
If you are concerned or have any questions regarding your I-20 status with CATS Academy please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Amber Gunther (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Planning for a safe January 2021
Our Pledge – protecting our school communities
Recently, as part of the launch of the #WeCare campaign, we shared “Our Pledge” detailing the measures we will take to protect and care for our school communities in the fight against COVID-19. We are currently working hard to put our Pledge into practice to welcome our students in January. We are investing in new technology, new equipment and our people, specifically:
- Boosting our on-campus medical provision
- Installing infrared temperature testing technology in every campus
- Creating “Care Kits” for every student, which include facemasks (a two-week supply), hand sanitizer gel and disinfectant wipes
- Adapting our campuses to include:
- zoned areas to manage arrivals and daily life at a social distance
- clear signage to control one-way movement around the campuses
- smaller class sizes
- Training every member of staff on new policies and procedures to care for students and one another
Read our pledge to ensure our students safety and well-being.
At CATS Academy we care
We understand how important it is to know your child will be safe with us throughout their studies at CATS Academy. As we look towards the new academic year, our academic and support teams are focused on the health and well-being of our students, and that is our biggest priority between now and January. We want our students to feel safe and confident about learning and living on our campuses.
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