BUILD has been monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and we want to ensure you that the safety of our BUILD community is our top priority. Although many of our school partners remain open, we are taking measures to create and maintain a safe environment for all students, staff, and volunteers, acknowledging this is a rapidly developing situation.
With so many unknowns at this time, we want to be vigilant and operate with an abundance of caution. In our efforts to mitigate the spread of the disease and to keep our students safe, we are instituting the following procedures BUILD wide:
All staff will be working from home until April 3rd, including staff working in schools. There may be some exceptions on a regional basis for essential staff who are serving as classroom teachers.
All sessions involving mentors and external volunteers have been temporarily suspended until April in order to avoid potential exposure in our partner schools and classrooms.
We have postponed all after-school BUILD events in March and April, including our National Gala in San Francisco, in order to reduce noncritical social interactions. Our leadership team will reassess the situation in early April to determine if it is appropriate to keep our late May and June events on the calendar.
We are exploring ways to run virtual mentor sessions, selling events, and fundraising using digital tools in order for our students to finish the school year strong, despite the current circumstances.
As you know, our BUILD curriculum teaches the entrepreneurial spark skills of problem solving and collaboration. These are unprecedented times, but together we will get through this. Wishing you and your family continued good health.