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Coronavirus Information Letter – Futuraskolan March 2, 2020

Good afternoon members of the Futuraskolan community,

We hope this mail finds you all warm and relaxed after your family orientated holiday break.

Given the international nature of our community and the return of our students from the February Sports Break, Futuraskolan feels the need to inform the community of our working status for the coming weeks. We have taken these decisions in consultation with guiding medical authorities.

The risk of being infected with the coronavirus in Sweden is low, according to the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndighet). However, Futuraskolan pays close attention to any updated advice given by the Public Health Agency of Sweden. At this time they do not recommend any quarantine procedures. This includes procedures for families returning from overseas holidays.

Yesterday on March 1, Folkhälsomyndegheten addressed the issue of quarantine and school children directly. You can read the report (sadly only in Swedish) here:

Folkhälsomyndegheten

As well, the Public Health Agency of Sweden has collected frequently asked questions about symptoms of the virus and how it is spreading from one person to the next. You can read the guidelines to their frequently asked questions by following this link:

Folkhälsomyndegheten FAQ

Questions from parents and caretakers

We currently receive questions from caretakers of children in pre-schools and schools – in regards to the coronavirus. Futuraskolan schools and pre-schools will stay open as usual and follow the advice of The Public Health Agency of Sweden. This is the status of all Stockholm schools and many of our free school colleagues as well. You can read the updated recommendations from Stockholm Stad here:

Stockholm Stad

You have travelled to a country where the coronavirus has spread, and you or your child shows symptoms such as cough, difficulty breathing or fever, please call 1177 for guidance. We can all help by following the recommendations of frequently washing hands, cover our mouths with the sleeve when coughing and sneezing, and staying at home if we feel ill.

Lastly, we at Futuraskolan appreciate that this is a very emotional issue for the families in our community. Should you wish to make the personal decision to keep your child home over the next two weeks Futuraskolan will not consider that an ‘unexplained absence’ and will take no disciplinary action. Please ensure that you contact your students’ subject teachers and mentor to receive the assignments that your student is responsible for during this period.

Futuraskolan will continue to be diligent in providing updated information and will make adjustments as recommended by the Public Health Agency of Sweden (Folkhälsomyndighet). Please be attentive to your mailbox and our community communication platforms for updated information.

Thank you for your time and we wish you all a wonderful week.

Sincerely,

Tom Callahan

CEO – Futuraskolan AB