School Life

Coronavirus

In line with government guidelines, all students – primary and secondary – are welcome in school full time. At the ISUtrecht we follow the guidelines set by the Dutch Government to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This means that students in school are not required to keep their distance from each other, even if they are above 18 years old. Students older than 12 should, however, keep 1,5 distance from their teachers and other staff members. All staff members will adhere to the 1,5 meter social distancing rules. Parents can only be allowed onto the premises if they have an appointment. Parent volunteers who do come into school, need to leave their contact details at reception.

Welcome back to school

Sent out Sunday 25 October

Dear ISUtrecht community

We look forward to welcoming all our students back to school tomorrow morning. At this moment we have no staff members who tested positive or need to self-quarantine. We also haven’t heard from any of our students or their family members that they tested positive during the break. 

To guarantee a safe return to school for everyone, we would like to ask you to self-quarantine for ten days should you have travelled to a code orange or red area during the break. We would also like to remind you to stay vigilant, checking your children’s health and keeping them home as soon as they have (mild) cold symptoms, or a family member is ill (fever higher than 38 degree Celsius and/or shortness of breath). Strict hygiene rules will stay in place.

As of Monday 26 October, all adults who enter our main campus will have to wear a face mask. Primary teachers and staff will also wear face masks in all public spaces in the main campus. Primary students do not need to wear a face mask; secondary students and staff will continue to wear face masks. 

We would like to ask you again to talk to your child(ren) about the importance of not meeting up with friends outside of school, when suffering with (mild) cold symptoms or when they are waiting for their test result. 

We look forward to a busy term in which we will try our utmost again to find creative solutions ensuring planned student activities can go ahead as much as possible. 

Regards

Rynette de Villiers, head of school

Covid-19 Measures as of Wednesday 14 October

To see the all the new measures, please read this press release by the Dutch government. For more information on covid-19, please visit this government web page (information in English).

ISUtrecht Continuation of Learning Plan

Please read the ISUtrecht Continuation of Learning Plan. The purpose of this document is to outline when and how ISUtrecht will continue to offer distance learning if and where required. At ISUtrecht we have strict guidelines and hygiene measures in place for all staff. In case staff members show any Covid-19 related symptoms, get sick or are tested positive for Covid-19 and cannot come to school, the following steps identify what provisions are in place when a teacher cannot be with their class. These steps are to maintain the balance between quality of education and keeping students and staff safe. Ultimately to create a sustainable learning environment. Please note that the school will continue to be guided by the RIVM guidelines.

Ventilation

In preparation of the winter months, the buildings have been inspected to check the ventilation levels. We have placed CO2 monitors in the classrooms where ventilation may not be optimal. A teacher will be able to monitor the CO2 levels in their room and ventilate accordingly. In addition, all windows at the annex will be replaced during the October break to allow effective ventilation in the classrooms. The other buildings’ ventilation systems have all been declared up to standard, but we advise all staff to ventilate all rooms regularly by opening windows.

Self-quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands

New families arriving in the Netherlands from certain countries and regions should self-quarantine for 10 days. Even if you do not have any symptoms or if you have tested negative for COVID-19. Once in the Netherlands, you can self-quarantine at home or in temporary or holiday accommodation. For more information and a regularly updatedlist of countries you may travel from, please view the Dutch government website on self-quarantining. If you read Dutch, you also check this travel advice government page, where you can type in your destination to learn about travel restrictions and self-quarantining.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding School

When do students* and staff members remain at home?

Students and staff members stay home if they experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A cold, runny nose or sneezing
  • A sore throat, a cough, shortness of breath,
  • A temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or more, and/or a sudden loss of their sense of smell or taste.

*Please check the (amended) measures for children up to and including the age of 12 below. These rules were announced by the Dutch government on Friday 18 September 2020.

What do staff members and students* do when they have one or more of these symptoms?

  • Staff members stay home and contact the GGD to get themselves tested.
  • Students stay home and their parents will be advised to contact the GGD to get the student tested (depending on student’s age).

*Please check the (amended) measures for children up to and including the age of 12 below. These rules were announced by the Dutch government on Friday 18 September 2020.

What should students and staff members do when someone in their household has symptoms that could indicate they have COVID-19?

  • If someone in the household of a student or staff member has mild cold symptoms, but NO fever and/or shortness of breath; the student and staff member can come to school.
  • If someone in the household of a student or staff member has a fever of 38 degrees Celsius or higher and/or shortness of breath, everyone in the household must stay at home. Those members of the household who have symptoms should get themselves tested.

In short, if the partner of a staff member has a fever, the staff member needs to stay at home. However, if the partner of a staff member has mild cold symptoms, but no fever, the staff member can come to school. The same applies to students and their family members.

What are the rules for children up to and including the age of 12?

  • Children up to and including 12 years old CAN go to school as long as they do not have a fever, a persistent cough, or shortness of breath (but have cold like symptoms).
  • Children up to and including 12 years old MUST stay home if they have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if the child lives with an adult who has a fever or experiences shortness of breath. If this is the case it is advised to contact the GGD.

What should a student who is home with mild cold symptoms and/or has to self-quarantine do?

  • Contact the school in the usual way (absenteeism@isutrecht.nl).
  • The mentor will inform all teachers.
  • The student should also make contact with their teachers that day.
  • Teachers make sure that all work can be found in ManageBac.
  • Students follow work set by teachers either on ManageBac or through a video stream of the lesson (if appropriate).
  • Teachers make agreements with the student about catching up any tests they might have missed. 

Who does what when a student cannot come to school?

  • If a student is starting to feel unwell in school, they should immediately notify a member of staff. The student will be sent home. If a staff member notices a student displaying symptoms, he or she will be sent home.
  • This means the staff member notifies reception. The staff member manning the desk will phone parents to ask them to either collect the student or to agree with the student making their own way home.
  • Either the staff member manning the desk, or the mentor will advise the parents that they should contact the GGD.
  • The student can only return to school, after the GGD advises that this is possible.
  • Should the GGD advise that the student should be tested; the student can only return to school after a negative test result has been confirmed by the GGD.

What happens when a student or staff member has symptoms that could be COVID-19, or has had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or needs to self-quarantine?

  • If a staff member starts to feel potential Covid symptoms when in school, they go home immediately.
  • If a staff member is at home when they start to feel unwell, they do not come to school.
  • The staff member must notify the school of absence in the usual way.
  • The staff member contacts the GGD straight away.
  • The staff member can only return to school, after the GGD advises that this is possible.
  • Should the GGD advise that the student/staff member needs to be tested, they can only return to school after a negative test result has been confirmed by the GGD.
  • Teachers and support staff with mild symptoms will teach/work from home.

What will happen when a student or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?

The school will follow the advice of the GGD in this. Depending on the grade level of the student and the role of the staff member, individual students, teachers, classes or grade levels might be send home to self-quarantine.

Useful documents and links

Articles and resources from the school support team