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Dear All,

The entire team here at CATS Academy Boston are busy preparing to reopen our beautiful campus this September. While this is very exciting, we understand that you may have questions around what school life will look and feel like due to the COVID19 pandemic. This page is dedicated to reopening procedures and protocols that we will share with you as soon as they are finalized. All of our decisions are based on the guidance of our federal and state governments along with the medical advice from the CDC and our local medical team. It is our aim to go above and beyond any legal requirements or recommendations from health officials to ensure the safety of our students and our staff. Please feel free to bookmark this page so that you can check back periodically to see updates and announcements as they are released.

We can’t wait to see you again, be safe and well.

Best,
Ben Bonaventura - Head of School 

Updates

Welcoming students safely back this September: 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 this September.

From September 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 before January 2021. Click here to see our transition points from online to face-to-face learning as well as our wider plan for school reopening.

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 by Aug 4, your I-20 will have an electronic signature which is valid for entry.

If you are a returning student to CATS Academy this September, you will need to return to campus for face-to-face classes to maintain your I-20 status. Students who do not return to campus by October 1st will be reported to SEVP as a non-returning student and their I-20 will be cancelled by CATS Academy as per SEVP guidance. 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 (agunther@catsboston.com).

 


Our face-to-face learning commitment

Giving students the opportunity to learn, study abroad and prepare for their future is at the heart of what we do. In the current environment, we want our students to feel safe and confident about starting their studies with us in September.

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 before 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 September. 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

Our Pledge

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 September. We want our students to feel safe and confident about learning and living on our campuses.


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