Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication from the Superintendent
March 9, 2020
Dear Graded Community,
Good evening. I am writing with updated information regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Brazil has confirmed 25 cases, of which 16 are in São Paulo. There have been four cases of local transfer (family member-to-family member) of the illness. The Brazilian Ministry of Health reports that there is no community-wide transmission at this time.
One week ago, Brazil had two confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases. Medical experts expect these numbers will continue to escalate. The facts tell us that this event will likely get worse before it gets better. Dr. Anthony Wong, professor of Pediatrics at the University of São Paulo, will share the most current facts, as well as myths, about COVID-19 coronavirus at the ‘Coffee with the Superintendent’ tomorrow morning at 8:30 am in the auditorium.
In an effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus, Graded, like many institutions and businesses worldwide, is taking a few additional precautions with regard to guests on our campus. Guests will be required to complete a health questionnaire and, if necessary, be evaluated by our nurses before entering. We are also asking that parents and other non-participants from visiting schools do not attend our school-hosted events.
Further, we are requesting that community members make adjustments when they greet one another. Instead of traditional cheek-kissing and handshakes, we encourage blowing a kiss or simply nodding hello. We make this request in an increased effort to care for our community.
We are reviewing non-essential social activities, such as the Celebration of the World. We will be making decisions about some of these large community events and will inform you of any cancellations or postponements.
Our primary focus at Graded is on learning, and we are working on every effort to keep school operating normally.
Graded is committed to an in-person learning experience for our students. We will remain an open campus as long as it is prudent and safe to do so. We understand that if we close our doors, it is likely that we may not be able to reopen for a long period of time. We are looking at a variety of scenarios, in an effort to maximize every single day we have for in-person learning. As we develop these plans, I will be in touch to share more.
Please be reminded that if you have any questions, you may reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support, trust, and calm is deeply appreciated,