Revised Second Semester Schedule
January 26, 2021
Dear Graded Community,
I am writing to share some improvements to our second semester schedule. When I said it was subject to change, I really meant it :). For now, we are releasing a revised schedule for February 1 through April 9. We will continue to review our schedule and modify it, if necessary, and in accordance with government regulations, which may shift with a spike or decrease in COVID cases.
This revised schedule maximizes the frequency of on-campus learning by utilizing November and December 2020 attendance data. At 35% occupancy, students will still have a “choice” with regard to in-person learning, and we expect to have similar attendance to that which we experienced last semester. Additionally, K3 and K4 students will attend daily half-day classes. The creation of a morning/afternoon rotation will effectively triple Pre-primary in-person learning days.
As you will see in the tables below, we have been able to increase the frequency of in-person learning for every grade level. We have made these significant improvements while honoring a city- and state-mandated 35% maximum student occupancy.
Please pay close attention to your child(ren)’s PCR testing dates and the weeks they are scheduled to be on campus. Each grade level’s unique schedule has been built to optimize in-person learning and ensure that faculty are available to teach their students on campus. Some of the changes will take place immediately, beginning February 1, while others will take effect February 8 or 22.
With the implementation of the State of São Paulo Education Board’s Resolution SEDUC 11, 01/26/2021, we will begin utilizing our saliva-based PCR testing regimen for those students or employees who test COVID-positive, as well as contact-traced individuals. When a person is notified via contact tracing, they must complete a saliva-based PCR test five days after exposure. If the test result is negative, they will be permitted to return to campus. We will monitor the efficacy of this new practice in limiting the transmission of coronavirus.
In closing, while we are not making any changes to our mask requirements, we do encourage families to consider using the most effective masks to prevent viral transmission. One to consider is a non-valve, N95-style mask, now readily available, which has been proven most effective. Another suggestion is the use of two masks. With the presence of a new, more contagious coronavirus variant, we encourage our students to take every precaution available.
As we approach the one-year mark since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to adhere to our campus reopening safety guidelines. This new schedule maximizes student capacity while maintaining the measures designed and implemented to keep our students and faculty safe.
I look forward to a productive and meaningful semester of learning.