Dear Alto Community,
In response to the continuing growth of COVID-19 and emerging information in the last 48 hours,
Alto International School will physically close to students and families beginning Monday, March 16 as we transition to distance learning. While
Alto does not have a confirmed case of coronavirus in our community, we believe that the evidence of community transmission warrants school closure at this time. Our faculty and staff will meet on Monday and Tuesday of next week to finalize the distance learning plans and test platforms.
We recognize the impact that an extended school closure has on your family. We made this decision after much deliberation and consultation with other independent school leaders in our area and believe this action is the best course to take at this time. Our responsibility to safeguard the health and well being of our students, families, faculty, and staff is a charge we take very seriously.
WHY CLOSURE AT THIS TIME?
On Tuesday, March 10, the San Mateo County Health Officer acknowledged evidence of widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in the county. On Wednesday evening, March 11, the San Mateo City Council declared an emergency situation, temporarily closing public facilities and suspending programs, inclusive of childcare centers. Quoting Menlo Park Mayor Cecilia Taylor, "This is an outbreak that requires us to prepare for significant disruptions to our daily lives. We must take action now."
At this stage of the health crisis, we can immediately take action by implementing social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. As you can imagine, social distancing is extremely challenging (if not impossible) to implement and enforce with young children, teens, adults, and visitors to campus. Likewise, we are aware that we have many older adults and extended family members within our community who are at greater risk of serious infection if exposed to the coronavirus.