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WHOLE ACADEMY ALERTS AND MESSAGES

 

Monday 21st February - Staggered start times for Secondary students

Students will return to school after half term on Monday 21st Feb. There will be a staggered start on their first day back to ensure the smooth transition of students back into the rules, routines and expectations about being a proud member of BSCA.

All students will still enter via the top gate on Newby Rd. Uniform checks will take place on entry.

Start times are:

Year 10 & 11 at 8.30am

Year 8 at 9.45am

Year 7 at 11.00am

Year 9 at 2.00pm.

 

Clinics for Yr 11's will run as normal.

 

Bolton Council SEND Local Offer - Launched 1st February 2022

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Bolton's SEND Local Offer is an information hub for young people, parents/carers and practitioners detailing SEND processes, pathways, services and provision available across education, health and social care.

Developed based on feedback from families, the Local Offer is also a place where service users can share their views and help shape the future of Bolton's SEND provision.

Please watch our social media launch video which is on the @BoltonCouncil and @BoltonFIS facebook pages.

 

Bernie Brown

Director of Children's Services

 

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Latest news - Increase of Positive Cases - Important Public Health Advice - Please read - Sent home 25th January 2022

Dear Parent/ Carer,

We have been advised by Public Health in Bolton that due to a spike in cases in the Secondary phase, we should encourage students to complete daily lateral flow tests as they may have been in close contact with a positive case.  This is our current positive picture for the last 10 days.

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In line with the national guidance, children aged under 18 years are no longer required to self-isolate if they are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.  Your child and other members of your household can continue normal activities provided your child does not develop symptoms. However, Your child may have been in contact with the positive case. People who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 are strongly advised to do daily lateral flow tests at home for the next 7 days from today (25/01/2022) and we would strongly encourage you to do this to help keep everyone safe.

Boxes of Lateral flow tests are available from Heads of Year and we will distribute these at Form time tomorrow for those who  request  them.

 

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must isolate and you should arrange a PCR test for your child via https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested or by calling 119.

If the test result is positive, your child will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days from the day that their symptoms started (or 7 days following 2 consecutive negative lateral flow tests on day 6 and 7). Please inform us if your child has a positive test result.

If your child’s test result is negative, they can continue with their normal activities if they are well enough to do so.

Please visit the link to Public Health England’s guidance for households with possible Covid-19 infections:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

 

Symptoms of COVID-19

If you or someone in your household develops symptoms of Covid-19, isolate and access a PCR test. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or;
  • high temperature and/or;
  • a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).

However, people frequently present with a wider range of symptoms.  If you or your child feel newly unwell with Covid-19 symptoms, then please access a PCR test. For many people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

 

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting COVID-19:

  • wear face coverings in crowd places, especially when you are indoors;
  • if someone in your household test positive, it is encouraged to  test daily using LFD tests, unless exempt;
  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds;
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available;
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home;
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze;
  • allow ventilation in the house through opening windows;
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.

 

Further Information

Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

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Latest news - Updated Covid Guidance - Sent home 7th January 2022

Please read the letter below which outlines the most up to date guidance for all Primary and Secondary.

BSCA Parent Letter - Update to Covid Guidance - 07.01.2022

 

 

Whole Academy Information and Letters

 

School Buses

School Bus Timetable

 

General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new legislation that all people and organisations must comply with by 25th May 2018. This replaces the 1998 Data protection Act. Even with Britain leaving the E.U. the government have adopted this legislation.

For schools this applies to ensuring all our stakeholders are aware of what data we hold on them, why we hold it and how long for. To ensure our stakeholders are aware of this we have published on the school website our privacy notices which inform students and parents of how we will use their data.  

Anyone is allowed access to the data that we hold on them as long as it is not against the public interest. As a school we aim to comply with the all the guidelines from the data regulator the Information Commissioners office.

GDPR Policy

Privacy Notice for Students

Privacy Notice for Parents/Carers

 

School Closure (due to adverse weather conditions) Process

The procedures that we will take should there be the need for any closure of the school due to extreme weather, or other emergency conditions. We will do all that we can to ensure that the school only closes when completely unavoidable and any decision to close the school will be taken from assessing local conditions, and an assessment of risk to the safety of students and staff after safety precautions have been taken.

If school is closed during school hours, we will need to know how your child is getting home, or to an alternative agreed location. Complete the form within the letter below or email us at contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk. 

Click below to read the process:

School Closure Process - Parent Letter

 

Student and Parent Information                              

It is essential we have the correct information for all our students on our systems for the health, safety, safeguarding and wellbeing of your child. It enables us to contact you when we need to either by phone, email, School Gateway app or letter home -

  • student home address
  • prime (parents/carers) contact details - address, mobile number and email address. Other phone numbers will need to be provided if you are unable to use your mobile at work i.e. home number and work number
  • other contacts - mobile number

We require a minimum of two contacts for each student including at least one prime contact (parents/carer).  To update your details either send a change request or message via the School Gateway app or email us at contact@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk  .