On this page you will find the latest update on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) that has been sent out via the school app. You will also find advice from the ISUtrecht support team on ‘wellbeing & online learning’, ‘how to talk to your children about corona’ and ‘surviving school closure’.
COVID-19 10th update, sent out via the school app on 1 April – Schools closed until after the May Break
Dear ISUtrecht community
Hope you are all doing well and that those who are ill are recovering as expected. We have a couple of staff who are not well at the moment. Students and parents are informed per class or subject when this happens. I have not heard of any losses within and around our community, but please know that we are thinking of all of you who are struggling with your health at the moment. Please reach out to the people you know in the community or ultimately to the school if you need support.
Yesterday evening, the Dutch government extended the “intelligent lockdown” as we are currently experiencing it until 28 April. For us, it effectively means until after the May break.
We still have a lot of freedom of movement in The Netherlands, something I know we all appreciate and I honestly believe that this makes the situation more sustainable. Please keep the agreements in mind and keep doing all the things the government is asking us to do. It really saves lives. These agreements can be found on the school website corona page.
We have also received information from the IB about the grade 10 external assessments:
The IB will be taking the following actions for the 2020 May MYP eAssessment session:
-May 2020 MYP on-screen examinations are cancelled.
-ePortfolio and Personal Projects grades will be issued.
-MYP certificate will be awarded, reflecting achievements from a combination of Personal Project, ePortfolio subjects, and predicted grades for other subjects.
This decision is understandable and Mr Moody will contact the grade 10 students with a follow-up to explain how this will work. This was to be our first full MYP external assessment session and we are rather disappointed that it will not go ahead, but again, the IB is acting on vast experience and integrity.
How further? This past week, we have been working with the staff to see if the time table can be adjusted so that we focus on quality time, whilst reducing screen time for our students. During the leadership meeting tomorrow, we will finalise the plan and communicate it with you all, hoping to start on Monday with the new time table for secondary.
Primary will be informed of any changes directly by their class teacher.
The ISUtrecht is in good shape and we are so appreciative of the support we are getting from all of you as you help guide your children through their learning. Our staff remain committed to make this work for our students.
Rynette de Villiers
- IB exams canceled, sent out via the school app on 23 March
- COVID-19 8th update, sent out via the school app on 15 March
Articles and resources from the school support team
- ‘How to support yourself and your family through school closure’, helping parents to keep their cool, written by school psychologist Elzemiek Chell
- ISUtrecht wellbeing challenge – let’s stay connected!
- 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
For students of primary school age with both parents in vital professions (see the attached list provided by the Dutch government), ISUtrecht is able to offer support, and we ask you to contact us as soon as possible, by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What can I do to prevent the spread of the virus?
As a school we follow the advice of the RIVM:
The most important measures people can take to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are straightforward:
- Keep 1,5 meter distance from other people, when for instance going to the supermarket or the park
- Do not shake hands
- Wash your hands with soap regularly
- Use hand sanitizer if there is no water and soap available
- Cough and sneeze on the inside of your elbow
- Use paper handkerchiefs and throw them away immediately after use
If you are suffering with (mild) flue-like symptoms (coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat): stay home and avoid all social contact. If you experience shortness of breath and or flu: stay home until you are fully recovered and – very important – your family or house mates should also stay home!
For more information about prevention and when to contact your doctor, please check the Q&A’s page on the RIVM website.
For more information about COVID-19, please check the WHO information page.