To stop the spread of the coronavirus, the Netherlands are in lockdown until at least 9 February. This means that schools in the Netherlands are closed.
The ISUtrecht provides online learning for all students, with the exception of our exam students, who are welcomed back to school on Monday 18 January (more information below). At the ISUtrecht we are well prepared for distance learning, ensuring our students continue with their learning journey.
On Monday 18 January the school will welcome back the DP2 students as this cohort has been allowed by the Dutch government to return to school to prepare for final exams. They are, however, required to not only keep 1,5 metres distance from their teachers, but also from fellow students.
DP2 students will commence face-to-face learning in the Annex building. The Annex classrooms have been set up to accommodate the 1.5 metres distance. Cleaning spray and hand sanitizers will be available in every classroom.
In order for us to be able to offer the DP2 students learning at school, it is very important that the following is maintained:
- All DP2 students need to keep 1.5 metres distance from teachers and fellow students.
- All DP2 students need to wear face masks whenever possible, especially when moving through the hallways.
- During the morning break students must remain in their classrooms where they have been taught.
- At lunch times students can make use of the Annex Aula but are recommended to go outside.
- The students must ensure they are not seated together during lesson times and during breaks. School supervisors will remind students to adhere to 1.5 metres distance.
- If students have only one or two lessons at school, they can leave the school straight after their last lesson. Students who cycle or walk to school can go home between lessons if there are large gaps in their timetable. Students must “check-in/out” of the front reception register when they do so.
- There will be a quiet working space available in room g016 for students who cannot return home between lessons.
General Guidelines for distance learning for secondary students
To help secondary students during distance learning, we made this helpful poster answering questions, such as: “How can I join the lesson effectively”, “What about summative assessments?” and “What platforms do I need to check?”.
Measures during the lockdown
- Only go outdoors alone, with members of your household or in a group of no more than 2 people.
- You should receive no more than 2 visitors aged 13 or over at your home per day.
- All shops are closed, except those selling essentials such as food
- All restaurants and cafe’s remain closed
- The only contact-based professions that can continue are those of a medical and paramedical nature; hairdressers, nail salons, beauticians etc. are closed
- Cinema’s, museums, theaters, concert halls, zoos and amusement parks are closed
- All indoor sport venues, such as gyms and swimming pools are closed
- Adults may take part in sports activities on their own or with one other person, but only outdoors. Children aged 17 and under may take part in team sports and play matches against children at the same club, but only outdoors.
- You are strongly advised to work from home.
- Public transport is for essential travel only
- Do not book any foreign travel until mid-March at the earliest and do not travel abroad.
For more information please view the government press release on 12 January The next government press conference is expected to take place at Tuesday 2 February. We will continue to update this page as soon as there is more news.
‘Travelling abroad is an extra risk, including this winter and during the spring holidays. People living in the Netherlands are advised to stay at home as much as possible.’
- Do not travel abroad or book trips abroad until mid-March, unless your journey is essential.
- Holiday travel, visiting family or going to a second home are not essential journeys.
For more information, please view the government page on traveling and holidaying abroad during corona
Traveling to the Netherlands: negative test result and self-quarantining.
The Dutch government strongly advises not to travel until mid-March unless absolutely necessary. Please note that if you travel to the Netherlands from countries outside the EU you will need to have a recent negative corona test result. If you do travel to certain countries and regions you need to self-quarantine for 10 days upon returning to the Netherlands. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Please check the government page on self-quarantining for the most up to date information.
Useful documents and links
- Please visit the government page (in English) explaining the basic rules for everyone to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
- To keep up to date with the latest covid-19 developments in the Netherlands, please visit the website of the RIVM (Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment).
Articles and resources from the school support team
- Online safety and distance learning
- A poster filled with tips about wellbeing and online learning
- ‘How to talk to kids about the coronavirus’. A helpful article written by school psychologist Elzemiek Chell. In this article you will also find links to books and videos you could read/watch with your child(ren).
- A clear poster, with the tips from the article about how to talk to your children about the coronavirus