Second Semester Campus Reopening

January 15, 2021

 

Graded Community,

Happy New Year!  I hope your holiday is and continues to be relaxing and rejuvenating. Colleen and I have had the pleasure of spending quality time in Seattle with our two boys (ages 24 and 20). It has been a much more quiet holiday break than previous travels home, as the United States, too, is dealing with significant increases in COVID cases and deaths. Nonetheless, the time to connect with family, recharge batteries, and pause has been a real treat.

The second semester is around the corner, and I am very much looking forward to returning to Graded and seeing our students on campus. In this regard, we are pleased that this week both São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas and São Paulo Governor João Doria have issued guidelines for the reopening of school campuses beginning February 1. This week, Graded’s Leadership Team met to finalize our second semester plan for on-campus learning, built in accordance with the government mandates.

Graded’s campus will reopen at a 35% occupancy rate beginning on February 1. January 27-29 will be distance learning days for all students. In-person academic content restrictions have been lifted by both the state and city, and on-campus learners in grades Pre-primary through 12 will now have access to all subject matter. 

It is important to note that Mayor Covas has announced that on-campus attendance during in-person school weeks is not mandatory. However, at Graded it is strongly preferred. If a student makes the decision to not attend in-person classes during the week they are scheduled to be on campus, that decision will be binding for the entire week. In other words, students may not come to campus one day and learn from home the next.  

In our most recent survey on distance and in-person learning, Graded teachers, students, and parents indicated an overwhelming preference for in-person instruction. As I shared in my holiday video message, in-person learning at Graded, due to the comprehensive protective measures we have implemented, is a safe experience for your child. It also offers them an optimal learning opportunity. If your child has not yet attended in-person learning, and there are no high-risk members in your household, I encourage you to consider having them join us on campus.

Graded will operate in-person learning in the same fashion that we did in November and December. Convo groupings will remain, as they have proven very successful in limiting the number of class closures when COVID cases do arise. 

Additionally, mandatory saliva-based PCR testing will continue. The schedule for testing is included below in our semester at-a-glance. Beginning in February, parents will be responsible for the cost of these tests. Graded will bill families R$95 per test. 

The schedule we have designed maximizes on-campus learning for all students. If conditions improve, and we are allowed to increase student occupancy in the coming weeks or months, we will update everyone with a new schedule.  For your convenience, we have built a 35% student occupancy model for the entire semester. It is, of course, subject to change.

We look forward to seeing the energetic and happy faces of your children on campus as we return for the second semester. We are also excited to welcome many new Graded Eagles to our community. Joining us for the second semester are sixty new students: 19 Pre-primary, 29 Lower School (1-5), 6 Middle School, and 6 High School. They hail from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Lebanon, South Korea, Spain, and the United States.

I wish you all continued health and enjoyment as we enter the last few weeks of summer vacation.

Warmly,

Richard Boerner
Superintendent

 


 

Graded - The American School of São Paulo

Second Semester Campus Reopening Schedule - 35% Student Occupancy
 

February 1 - February 5: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take Home Testing
Pick up Friday, January 29 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by Saturday, January 30 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
Friday, January 29 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm 

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

February 1

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

7, 8

 

February 2

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

7, 8

 

February 3

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

Extension Wednesday

 

February 4

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

7, 8

 

February 5

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

7, 8

 
 

February 8 - February  12: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up February 5 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by February 6 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
February 5 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

February 8

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

February 9

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

February 10

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

Extension Wednesday

Extension Wednesday

February 11

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

February 12

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

 

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

February 15

No School

Carnaval Break

February 16

February 17

February 18

February 19

February 22 - February 26 February 5: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up February 19 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by February 20 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
February 19 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

February 22

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

February 23

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

February 24

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

Extension Wednesday

February 25

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

February 26

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

 

March 1 - March 5: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up February 26 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by February 27 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
February 26 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

March 1

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

March 2

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

March 3

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

Extension Wednesday

 

March 4

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

March 5

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 
 

March 8 - March 12: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up March 5 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by March 6 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
March 5 - 4:00 - 8:00

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

March 8

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

March 9

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

March 10

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

Extension Wednesday

March 11

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

March 12

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

 

March 15 - March 19: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up March 12 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by March 13 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
March 12 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

March 15

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

March 16

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

March 17

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

Extension Wednesday

Extension Wednesday

March 18

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

March 19

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

 

March 22 - March 26: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up March 19 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by March 20 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
March 19 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

March 22

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

March 23

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

March 24

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

Extension Wednesday

March 25

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

March 26

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

 

March 29 - April 2: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up March 26 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by March 27 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
March 26 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

March 29

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

6

 

March 30

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

6

 

March 31

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

Extension Wednesday

 

April 1

NO SCHOOL

April 2

 

April 5 - April 9: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up April 2 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by April 3 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
April 2 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

April 5

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

April 6

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

April 7

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

Extension Wednesday

 

April 8

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

April 9

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 
 

April 12 - April 16: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up April 9 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by April 10 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
April 9 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

April 12

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

April 13

Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 14

April 15

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

MS Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 16

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

 

April 19 - April 23: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up April 16 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by April 17 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
April 16 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

April 19

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

April 20

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

April 21

NO SCHOOL

April 22

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG - 1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

April 23

PPD, PPE, PPF, PPG
1B, 1D, 2B, 2D

 

11, 12

 

April 26 - April 30: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up April 23 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by April 24 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
April 23 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

April 26

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

April 27

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

April 28

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

Extension Wednesday

 

April 29

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 

April 30

3B, 3D, 4B, 4D, 5B, 5D, 5E

7, 8

 
 

May 3 - May 7: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up April 30 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by May 1 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
April 30 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

May 3

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

May 4

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

May 5

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

Extension Wednesday

May 6

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

May 7

3A, 3C, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5C

 

11, 12

 

May 10 - May 14: Saliva PCR Testing Schedule

Take-home Testing
Pick up May 7 - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Return by May 8 - 10:00 am

Drive-through Testing - Graded Parking Garage
May 7 - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Dates

Grade Level LS

Grade Level MS

Grade Level HS

May 10

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

May 11

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

6

9, 10

May 12

PPA, PPB, PPC
1A, 1C, 2A, 2C

Extension Wednesday

 
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