We would like to wish all our families a happy, healthy and prosperous new year, and hope that you all are remaining in good health as the online learning programmes commence for the time being.
The COVID-19 pandemic crisis, which has influenced our daily routines since March 2020, will continue to be part of our everyday lives in 2021. With the knowledge gained over the past ten months, the shared experiences, the good spirit of all and the perseverance to support our students and each other, we are confident that we will continue to face and overcome the challenges ahead of us as best as possible. The support of our families and community, alongside the efforts made to follow our COVID-19 preventative procedures collectively, has kept us safe and helped keep our school open for face-to-face teaching and learning in 2020. We will need to continue this effort and determination into the new year once we are back together later in January.
The latest information regarding the Coronavirus
During the Christmas break period, which started with the Dutch Government’s announcement to enter a more stringent lockdown, we have had some feedback on Covid-19 positive infection cases. Four positive cases have been reported, and each case relates to an adult. The individual in each case has not been in contact with teaching staff or any students. All four cases have been identified throughout the holiday break and were GGD guided. We are pleased to report all four colleagues are improving or have returned to good health.
The Dutch national lockdown will remain until 17 January (initially) as the numbers of positive tests do not yet show a significant decrease. The German Government is considering extending its lockdown to possibly the end of January. The German Government will meet tomorrow to provide further information.
- Currently, the expectation is that students will return to school for face-to-face learning on Monday 18 January 2021 unless further updates are announced.
- Your national section will keep you informed during the online learning activities.
- On return, students and staff will follow the ‘new normal’ school day, with all the usual COVID-19 expectations in place including the essential pre-screening protocols, transport arrangements, social distancing and mask-wearing.
Testing: In case you develop symptoms of COVID 19 you should make an appointment to be tested via the number available: GGD 0800-1202
The following links provide the most up to date information available from the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM):
Common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Cold symptoms such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Elevated temperature or a fever
- Sudden loss of taste and smell (without nasal congestion)
The Directorate will announce any new information relating to the whole school’s operation through our website and social media (Facebook and Twitter) messages.
Keep safe and well.