Following a series of cross-border meetings involving NRW authorities, the GGD NL, the bus company, NL infectious diseases team, the Euregio cross-border task force, and all the Military Commands, the Board of Governors has met today to review the current cross-border travel situation and the continuing impact this has on AIS operations and our students and staff.
Unfortunately, the cross-border protocols have not changed, nor provided exemptions for our whole school community as hoped. Challenges remain, particularly for AIS population members who live in Germany and need to commute to The Netherlands. The difficulties experienced continue to impact the capability to provide equal learning opportunities for our AIS students reliably.
In light of the continued lack of improvement to the cross-border travel situation, which could have provided solutions for the whole of AIS, the Board of Governors decided that national sections can open independently from each other in such exceptional circumstances. Even though there will be operational differences between national school sections, it will ensure that ‘face-to-face’ learning is provided for the children where possible.
Therefore, the British and German national sections will open for ‘face-to-face’ learning while the US and Canadian sections will remain in remote learning until further notice.
The British and German national section will return from Thursday 15 April 2021, to allow time for alterations to teachers’ planning and those who need to organise testing and travel to put plans in place. More information on changes from Thursday 15 April 2021, will be provided by the relevant national sections.
The Board of Governors recognises the challenges this situation creates and will continue to monitor with the hope to re-open more school sections for ‘face-to-face’ learning as soon as is practicably possible.
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Additional documents concerning the NRW restrictions on incoming travellers from the Netherlands can be found in the parent portal.