COVID-19 Virus Update 5

Coronavirus Abstract

AFNORTH International School is continuously monitoring the developments regarding the Coronavirus situation. The Directorate and the Management Team meet daily and important knowledge is shared with our school community via updates on our website. Currently the Management Team are reviewing the travel restrictions that are being put in place across national systems and further information on how this may impact on AIS students will be forthcoming after all the facts are known.

At the moment AIS runs a normal operation. All buses are running as normal. We refer you to previous updates for general hygiene routines and protocols to follow. As of today, we do not have any students or staff from our school community with a reported case of the virus; measures are in place if this notification changes and you will be immediately informed. In terms of the daily operation, AIS is following the advice of the Dutch National Health Authorities (the GGD is also in contact with their German colleagues). Up to date information is available from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The Netherlands has 82 people testing positive for Coronavirus.

Avoid non-essential travel to Northern Italy

Many of the new patients identified have recently been to Northern Italy. In several Northern Italian provinces, there is a widespread circulation of the novel coronavirus. People travelling in Northern Italy are therefore more likely to become infected with the coronavirus and can take the virus back to the Netherlands unnoticed. That is why the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has updated its travel advice for Northern Italy to essential travel only.

Be Prepared

Given the advice from the RIVM and the fluidity of the situation it is prudent to consider arrangements for the forthcoming April holidays when many will be travelling outside the Netherlands, either to go home or on vacation. By April, the restrictions on travel both by the Netherlands and foreign governments may well have increased or occur during that holiday period that could impact on schooling. We would therefore ask that parents should inform their National Office as soon as possible if their child is due to travel, and where, outside the Netherlands over the April holidays. We are very aware that the situation is fluid at the moment, and we will continue to send you updates as appropriate.

Please continue to follow our website and twitter messages.

AIS Directorate

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