Anticipated Campus Reopening Date
April 1, 2021
Dear Graded Community,
Today, via a Diário Oficial, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas announced that schools will not resume in-person learning during the Plano SP’s emergency phase. The earliest possible municipal reopening date he provided is April 12. However, Graded will observe an earliest campus reopening date of April 19. Online Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for the week of April 12-16, and since conferences will take most of the week to conduct, and reopening will require that we test students, we will reinstate on-campus learning on April 19. We will monitor the situation closely and inform you prior to April 19 if the emergency phase is downgraded.
Upon our return to campus, we will continue to abide by the state’s 35% occupancy requirement. We are pleased to announce that by closely monitoring February and March on-campus student numbers and utilizing this data to forecast future attendance, we will be able to increase grade 3, 4, and 5 on-campus days from half- to full-day sessions every other week. Therefore, our new schedule will provide on-campus learning every other week for students in grades 1-12 and every week for those in K3-K5.
I do want to take a moment to reflect upon the current situation in São Paulo and throughout Brazil. Clearly, we are dealing with the most difficult moment of the pandemic to date. The loss of life is staggering, and the rising infection rate due to the new P1 variant is, indeed, troubling. I know that you are all taking the appropriate precautions to remain safe. I greatly appreciate how many of you, during this challenging time, have offered support to those hardest hit. Your contributions to the PTA cestas básicas campaign and the school food drive have been remarkable. I feel so proud to be part of such a giving community.
Beginning on April 12, 121 Graded employees (36% of our team) will receive their first vaccination. Additionally, 28 faculty members are currently undergoing immunizations in their home countries, increasing the number of employees who will have protection. We are actively encouraging our employees who are eligible to get vaccinated to do so as quickly as possible. Immunization contributes to their safety and will also offer us the best chance of maintaining a safe and open campus in the future.
Parents, please continue to inform us if anyone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, so that we may conduct contact tracing and monitor the health of our community.
I know that we will get through this together and am confident our students will return to in-person learning. I greatly appreciate your ongoing patience and support.
With hope of good health for everyone,