School Life


In line with government guidelines secondary students – split into two cohorts – returned to school on Wednesday 3 June. Primary students, who have been in school since 12 May, will be back at school in full cohort, 5 days a week, from Monday 8 June.

Reopening secondary school

Adhering to RIVM guidelines for secondary schools, students have to stick to the social distancing and hygiene rules at all times. MYP students are bine taught in their homeroom in the annex. They have been split into two cohorts (A and B) and are back in school part time (week 1: ABABA and week 2: BABAB). DP1 students are back in school full time and are being taught in the Pioneer.

MYP (grades 6-10)

  • Students will have a staggered start in the morning and all grades have been allocated a different entrance. 
  • To reduce pressure during breaks, the timetable for secondary will be adjusted to a staggered break model. This could result in a 10-15 minute longer school day on some days for some classes. 
  • Classes will be homeroom based with staff moving between lessons. A small number of specialist subjects (for example science) will take place in the specialist rooms. 
  • Grades are spread throughout the building. Grade 6 students, will be in the main building with primary, as age wise, they also technically do not need to keep 1,5m distance. Grades 7-10 will spend most of their time in the Annex. 
  • The student support team and mentors will support students as they return. We acknowledge that everyone experience the Covid-19 lockdown in a different way and that student and staff wellbeing will be an important focus in the coming weeks. 
  • The school canteen will not be open and we will not be providing microwaves, please remember to bring cold meals. An alternative is being looked into. 
  • Lockers will not be used, students will have the first 2 days to clear them out. 
  • Throughout all of this, protocols are in place to support hygiene and the 1,5m society. This includes signage, walking routes throughout the school, disinfectant in each class room (most of the classes have their own basin for students to wash hands), ventilation, more cleaning rounds, protocols to wipe tables, etc. 

Please find the full protocol for more detailed information.

DP1 (grade 11)

The DP 1 students will be back in school full time. They will be taught at the Pioneer. The basic rules are:

  • Students keep 1.5 m distance at all times.
  • The classrooms will be set up to keep 1.5 m distance between students and between students and teacher. This means fewer students fit in each classroom. We will therefore also set up the lounge as a classroom for larger groups of students.
  • We use a classroom that is suitable for the number of students as much as we can but sometimes classes will be split over two rooms.
  • The timetable with adjusted rooms can be found in the appendix to the protocol or on school website

Please find the full protocol for more detailed information

Primary back in school full time

All of the rules and measurements that were in place for the partial opening of primary school on 12 May are still in place. To support the full time opening of primary school, however, the protocol has been extended. We are now introducing a staggered drop off and pick up. Cohort A arrives at school at 8:15 and will be picked up at 14:30 (Wednesday 12:15). Cohort B arrives at school at 8:25 and will be picked up at 14:40 (Wednesday 12:25). Entrances stay the same from the partial opening.

Please find the full protocol for more detailed information.

Please note that students can’t come to school if:

  • They have mild cold or flu-like symptoms , or a fever -> they can return when they have been free of symptoms for 24 hours
  • If someone in their household has a fever above 38 degrees celsius and/or suffers from shortness of breath -> they can return to school if everyone in the household has been free of symptoms for 24 hours
  • If a student or someone in their household has been diagnosed with COVOD-19 all members of the household stay home for at least 14 days (the GGD will inform the household of timings and specific rules).

For more detailed information, scroll down this page to: “stay at home when you have cold-like symptoms”.

Articles and resources from the school support team

Hay fever or COVID-19?

The RIVM made this helpful video which explains the differences and similarities between hay fever and COVID-19.

What can I do to prevent the spread of the virus?

As a school we follow the advice of the RIVM:

Basic rules for everyone, these are remain unchanged

  • Wash your hands.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, then dry them thoroughly.
    • Wash your hands often: before you go out, when you return home, after blowing your nose and of course before meals and after going to the toilet.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Use paper tissues to blow your nose and discard them after use.
    • Then wash your hands.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people.
    • This applies when you are outside, in shops and at work. It does not apply to family members or other people that you live with.
    • Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres reduces the chance of people infecting each other.
  • Work from home if possible.
  • Avoid busy places. Leave if you notice it is becoming difficult to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.
    • Stay near your home. Travel by bike or on foot as much as possible.
    • Only use public transport if there is no alternative.
    • Where working from home is not possible, employers will stagger working hours.

Stay at home if you have cold-like symptoms

  • If you have mild cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing, a mild cough or a mild fever below 38 degrees Celsius, you should stay at home until you are fully recovered. Do not go out to buy groceries and don’t have any visitors. Have others do the shopping for you, or have your groceries delivered. Ask someone else to walk the dog. Household members without symptoms can follow the rules that apply to everyone in the Netherlands (see above). If you feel better and have not had any symptoms for 24 hours, you can go outside again. People who work in crucial sectors and critical processes are often still allowed to work if they have mild symptoms. They should discuss this with their employer.
  • If you have cold-like symptoms and a fever above 38 degrees Celsius and/or shortness of breath, stay at home until you are fully recovered. Do not go out to buy groceries and don’t have any visitors. Others in your household must stay at home too. Only household members with no symptoms may briefly go out to buy groceries. This restriction does not apply to people who work in crucial sectors and critical processes. They can go to work unless they develop shortness of breath and/or a fever above 38 degrees Celsius. If no members of your household have had any symptoms for 24 hours, you can go outside again. For more information about the rules at home, go to the RIVM website.

For more information about prevention and when to contact your doctor, please check the Q&A’s page on the RIVM website.