Coronavirus Information

Latest news - Tuesday 13th October 2020

Year 11 parents for students that have been in close and direct contact - click here for the full letter: 

Direct_Close Contact - Advice to All Year 11 Parents - Single case - 13th October 2020

Year 11 parents - click here for the full letter: 

Year 11 -Advice to Year 11 Parents - Single case - 13th October 2020

All other secondary parents - click here for the full letter: 

All Secondary - Advice to All Parents - Single case - 13th October 2020

 

Latest news - 12th October 2020

We have received a letter and new guidance from Bolton Council for parents and carers.

Please click here for a link to the full letter - Bolton Council - Letter to parents and carers about self isolation - 9th October 2020

Here's just a snippet from the letter:

People who are asked to self-isolate have been identified as a 'direct' or 'close' contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. Self-isolation is one of the most important measures to help reduce the spread of the virus. Self-isolating means that the person (or people) identified stay at home. The only people that they will come in to contact with will be other people in their household. A person self-isolating must not:

  • leave the house
  • go to childcare / school / out of school provision
  • attend sports clubs (to watch, train or play)
  • go shopping
  • go with parents to pick siblings up from school
  • go out with friends or family members
  • visit places of worship or religious observance

Please see below for the Bolton Councils Covid-19 (coronavirus) absence: A quick guide for parents/carers

 

 

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Dear Parent/Carer,

I just wanted to update you on how the students are coping with the new operating systems we have had to put in place.

I am delighted to say that the students are responding superbly well. They are following the new routines very well which keep the year group bubbles very separate. They should be congratulated on their attitude to learning since they started back on September - they have been positive, determined to succeed, and certainly have been accepting all the challenges that they have had to face.

I have been communicating with some parents this week and some of these conversations highlighted a mixed understanding of what students and households were allowed to do and not do, so I wanted just to clarify the lockdown rules for Bolton as these were changed yesterday.

There has been some confusion around bubbles in school - because the children have been bubbled in school that does not apply to outside of school.

 

Below are the confirmed rules for Bolton.

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The reason that I am sharing these with you is that we have done so well as a school with only having to send home one class in Year 8 to self-isolate, and long may this continue. I would, therefore, like to pass on my heart felt thanks to you and your families for all that you are doing at home to slow the spread of the virus because that is obviously helping us to keep school open for as many children as we can.

 

Bolton Council - Social contact restrictions

In order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support or childcare bubble
  • meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside the affected local areas, unless they’re in your support or childcare bubble

Your household is defined as the people you live with and any support or childcare bubble.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (meaning unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must occur on an exclusive basis - always the same two households.

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law:

 

  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, (see guidance on working safely in other people’s homes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider and informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

 

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £200 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

Latest news - 3rd September 2020

 

Parent letter with latest guidance

Covid-19 BSCA Risk Assessment

First day back arrangements

First day back arrangements for Primary

Director of Public Health Letter

 

Parents have asked for some clarification about the following issues:


Lates

  • Students arriving after 9 am to use the Stitch-Mi-Lane entrance.
  • Year 9 arriving late after 9.15 to use the Stitch-Mi-Lane entrance.

Weather during lunch time

If the weather is inclement we will have spaces available within the bubbles for students to eat their packed lunches inside.

The reasons we are asking students with packed lunches to eat outside is due to:

  • outside is the safest place for students to be
  • there is plenty of space for students to eat and still social distance
  • there is limited space in the dining room
  • if classrooms were used for lunch breaks all the time, they would have to be prepared and cleaned before they could eat in there and then again before the lessons started. This would reduce students lunch break, and require staff to be employed to supervise and clean the rooms. There wouldn't be enough teachers and teaching support staff to do this on a daily basis as they wouldn't get a lunch break, which could contravene working time regulations.  

Navigating round the site

Students are to follow the coloured markings to enter school. No one to be allowed onto school before 8.15am:

  • Year 7 and 8 - Orange
  • Year 9 and 10 - Green
  • Year 11 - Yellow
  • RED - DO NOT CROSS
  • Year 13 to use Stitch-Mi-Lane entrance.

Cash on-site

Students will not be able to use the cash loaders. Parents need to register on the on-line payment system Tucasi SCOPay.

Equipment

Students need to bring a bag to carry their equipment and have their equipment with them at all times. We can not loan out equipment.

Masks

Primary students do not have to wear masks, however, this is optional and if you wish your child to wear one, they can.

Secondary students must wear masks whilst travelling around school, therefore must bring one to school with them a clear plastic bag that that can be sealed i.e. sandwich bag. Wearing masks in school is following government guidance, and what all schools will need to adhere to. 

Asthma UK guidance states that Asthma sufferers are fine to wear masks. If you have any concerns please contact your child's Head of Year.

 

 

 

 

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If you have any safeguarding concerns please do not hesitate to contact our Designated Safeguarding Lead Anna Tobin -

Mobile: 07850308896

Email: DSL@boltonstcatherinesacademy.org.uk