Update 9: SY 2020/2021 Information for Parents, Students and Community

The AFNORTH International School would like to share the following information with you following the announcement of the Dutch Government latest COVID-19 Restrictions on Tuesday 12 January 2021. 

You will be aware that the NL Government has announced that the lockdown that commenced on 16 December 2020 will be extended until 9 February 2021. The Board of Governors has met this afternoon and confirmed that AIS would remain closed in line with the Dutch lockdown for an additional period of three weeks. For AIS, this means we will remain closed until 7 February, with a potential reopening for face-to-face learning beginning on Monday 8 February. This lockdown applies to all school levels. The next press conference regarding the extension or not of the lockdown is expected on Tuesday 26 January. Momentarily the Government awaits research results concerning a possible earlier opening for the Elementary schools. We will update on this position when further information is available. 

Everyone at AIS recognises the sheer effort that once again has gone into making the transition from learning in school to learning at home a successful experience. We want to thank students and parents for their support in this process. Your national section will keep you informed during the on-line learning activities.

For your information, the school has been informed about a new COVID-19 positive case of a staff member, bringing our total number of registered positive tests up to five. All staff concerned are making/have made a recovery, and we wish them well. We ask that you keep your national section informed if any student develops a COVID-19 infection. Such information remains anonymous and is only used for monitoring prevalence within our specific school community.  

As a friendly reminder, the following remains the main priority to guide our behaviours:

  1. Limit social contacts and adhere to social distance restrictions
  2. Stay at home as much as possible.
  3. Do not travel when not necessary; this also includes within the NL. Travelling in from outside the EU one needs to have and present proof of a negative test. No unnecessary trips abroad at least until Mid-March 2021. 
  4. Strict advice to work from home. 


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
  • Coughing
  • 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 well and safe,

AIS Directorate.

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