Thank you for your help and support this week. It has been quite a busy week, and I appreciate the way our community has pulled together to address the issues we face as a result of the coronavirus that began in Wuhan, China. I particularly appreciate all the hard work of our educators and all the times they have gone the extra mile in recent days to support our students.
First, the good news. No SAS student or staff member has shown any symptoms of the virus. We are grateful for their health. The relatives of one of our educators who contracted the virus are in stable condition and show positive signs of recovery. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and their whole family.
We continue to rely on the guidance of and are in close contact with the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and International SOS. In some cases, we have added additional safety measures on top of those recommended by the health authorities. And, we are aware of the recent decision by the World Health Organization to elevate the status of the virus to a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
We will continue to share the latest news and guidance with you on our landing page, where we seek to update our FAQ’s based on questions that our community raises. Tomorrow morning we will reach out to our high school students and parents regarding interim semester.
I want to say thank you for the comments, emails, and conversations I have had with many of you throughout the week. It is clear we are all seeking the same thing—a safe and positive experience for our students. And, I think we all recognize that, facing something as rapidly evolving and uncertain as the current virus, some decisions about how to best ensure the safety and positive educational experience of our students are not always easy or clear. I appreciate the diverse perspectives of our community on these issues—they help us best consider the options and make difficult decisions.
Please know that student safety is always our top priority and we will do our best to continue to serve and provide for your children.