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Graduations During Covid-19 Pandemic

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

The Covid-19 pandemic is gripping the nation and the world in a state of panic. As we heed the call of President Ramaphosa to self-isolate and protect ourselves we must at make sure that we stand together as a community, as a nation and as human beings!

These are the moments that define a generation; that define a nation. Our actions today are what is remembered to those who come after us.

2020 Graduation Ceremonies

The decision to halt graduation celebrations in the upcoming weeks is not a decision that was taken lightly. As the leadership of Richfield we are deeply affected by our moral and legal obligation to have to cancel our upcoming graduation ceremonies and empathise with you at this difficult time.

As an employer and educator, our top priority has to be the health, safety and well-being of our staff, students and broader communities on and off campus, continuing with the ceremonies at this time, would not be the right thing do for our community.

We understand that graduation is not primarily about getting a piece of paper in your hand. Rather graduation is a symbol of the sacrifices and hardships, the journey and the progress of our nation!

We as Richfield want to ensure that we are enabling your celebration of success, and ask you to join with us in this short-term self-sacrifice to protect our brothers and sisters so that tomorrow we might come back stronger and celebrate your achievements in the way they were intended!

We are making every effort to ensure that we find a way so that everyone eligible to graduate in the upcoming ceremonies does just that!

We ask for patience and calm as we all make sure we heed the warnings and guidance of the medical fraternity and President Ramaphosa in these difficult times.

Ongoing Communication

We will continue to communicate with all staff and students on an ongoing basis via our various communication channels.  Students are requested to ensure their email addresses and contact numbers are up to date.  All students are encouraged to follow the official Richfield (@thisisRichfield) pages for up to date announcements.

REMINDER: General Precautionary Measures

Currently, there is no vaccine for the coronavirus. There are no specific measures currently recommended to prevent coronavirus, but the following can provide protection against infection with coronaviruses and many other viruses that are more common in South Africa:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick and try and keep distance from others at home
  • Avoid social engagements
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Avoid contact with farm or wild animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).

Please do not hesitate to contact your campus manager if you have any questions or need any form of academic support during this time.

 

Kind Regards,

 

Stefan Ferreira

CEO: Richfield Holdings

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