March 27, 2020
Coronavirus: Adapting to a changing world
We know that the current situation concerning the coronavirus is having a significant impact on our lives. I want to let you know what we are doing to protect the health and wellbeing of our school communities - our students, our staff, and their families.
We are continually monitoring the guidelines and advice provided by the Governments and public health bodies of the countries that we operate. As a result, we are adapting our provision. Central to our decision-making remains the safety and welfare of our students and staff.
Caring for our school communities
In our care, we have thousands of international students, some as young as 14, from over 65 countries. Before we closed our campuses, we were recommending our students return home to be with their families at their earliest convenience. This decision was two-fold – to minimise any logistical and travel problems, but more importantly, to ensure students were reunited with loved ones during a time of uncertainty.
For those students who faced, and still face, travel bans, we have, and will continue to provide the same high level of care and support at our accommodation and boarding houses. My thanks go to colleagues in the schools who provide care and reassurance to students at all times.
Moving learning online
Although all our campuses have temporarily closed, we have moved to an online learning model to ensure we avoid any unnecessary disruption to students’ studies. Our teachers are adapting the way they work to continue to provide engaging and fun lessons and to create a sense of community online.
Keeping you informed
As we adapt our provision to evolving government guidance, keeping our school communities informed is essential. In addition to students and colleagues, this includes parents of our students, our agent partners, and all suppliers that help us deliver an exceptional experience.
Please refer to our school websites for the latest guidance, as it varies depending on the school and country.
- CATS UK (Cambridge, Canterbury, and London) (https://www.catseducation.com/blog/view,coronavirus-latest-guidance_2699.htm)
- CATS Academy Boston (https://www.catsacademyboston.com/coronavirus.htm)
- Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts (https://www.csvpa.com/news,coronavirus-latest-guidance_99.htm)
- Stafford House (https://www.staffordhouse.com/coronavirus-advice/school-updates.htm)
Alternatively, if you are…
- A current student or parent/guardian of a current student, please speak to one of your teachers or your school Principal, Centre Director or Rector
- A prospective student, please contact the relevant admissions teams
- An agent partner, please speak to your dedicated CATS Colleges representative
- A colleague, please speak to your line manager or school lead
Stay safe through these changing times. By adapting and working together, we will come through this stronger.
Chris Stacey, CEO