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Latest news - 2nd October 2020

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.

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.

 

Privacy Notice

Every year we share our Privacy Notice with you, because under data protection law, individuals have a right to be informed about how the school uses any personal data that we hold about them. We comply with this right by providing ‘privacy notices’ to individuals where we are processing their personal data.

Please read the attached Privacy Notice explains which explains how we collect, store and use personal data about students. We, Bolton St Catherine’s Academy, are the ‘data controller’ for the purposes of data protection law.

Privacy Notice - Parents and Carers

Privacy Notice - Students

 

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  .

 

POLITE REMINDER - if you, or anyone in your household develops Covid symptoms

Letter from Mrs Lucas 15th September 2020 - please read carefully

 

SCHOOL GATEWAY APP - DOWNLOAD AND REGISTER BY WEDNESDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER

It is vitally important that you download and register with our School Gateway app now. Here is more information for you:

Letter from Mrs Lucas 15th September 2020

Link to instructions

 

MESSAGE FROM BOLTON COUNCIL - CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE

YOU MUST NOT:

  • Host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they're in your support bubble
  • Meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of Bolton, unless they're in your support bubble
  • Gather in outdoor public spaces, such as parks with people from different households
  • You should only use public transport for essential reasons

 

 

Primary Letters

Letter from Bolton Council about Year 6 Secondary school applications for September 2021

 

In line with the School's policy of ensuring the safety of your child from the start of the school day until they are ready to return home. We ask that you could let the School know your preference for handing your child over to you at the end of the day. Please read, complete and return the below letter:

Safe Handover Letter 

 

Secondary letters

Year 7 Enrichment Programme Letter - starts 24th September 2020

 

Year 11 Model for Supporting Year 11 Letter

 

Process of Awarding Summer 2020 Grades Letter - sent 8th April 2020

France Trip 2020 Letter - CANCELLED

Uniform and being Work Ready Letter - February 2020

The school uniform is compulsory and we would like to bring a number of issues to your attention that we intend to address when we return following the February break.  More specifically, we feel that we need to clarify our expectations and tighten up on:

 

Sixth Form Letters

Process of Awarding Summer 2020 Grades Letter - sent 8th April 2020

 

 

Newsletters

Newsletter - End of Term - Summer 2020

Latest The Bishop Fraser Trust Newsletter - December 2019

Latest BSCA Newsletter - End of Term - December 2019

Newsletter - Start of Term - September 2019

 

School Buses

School Bus Timetable - 2020-21

Bus Fare Increases Letter - July 2018  

 

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

 

In the Event of a School Closure

Just in case...... here is the School Closure Process and letter for parents/carers.

This letter lets you know what will happen if we are remaining open despite adverse weather conditions, if we have to close for the day, and if we have to close during the day.

If school has to close during the day, we have to make sure that all our students leave the school safely and go to a safe place. So we are now seeking information and permission for childs arrangements in the event of us closing during the day.

Please read this letter carefully, complete and return the reply slip and keep a copy of it at home, especially if you provide us with a password.

School Closure Parent Letter

Reply slip only