The Dutch government announced on Tuesday 2nd February January that Primary schools are permitted to re-open on Monday 8th February. This is very welcome news to us all and we look forward to having our school filled with our primary children once again.
DP2 students – our exam class – resumed physical lessons on 25th January. Our facilities staff have ensured that the 1.5m distance rule is possible within the classrooms and communal spaces for this small group of students.
For the rest of our secondary students, online lessons will continue to take place across the years up to and after the half-term break, through to the end of February. Some adjustments have been made to the timetable to allow for students to spend less time online. We kindly request your help in ensuring that students are on time to class. Each lesson will end five minutes earlier to allow for toilet breaks, etc. To create a good learning environment, we will insist on students being dressed appropriately, sitting at a desk, and having their cameras switched on ready for lessons. We have listened to feedback from the school community: to avoid students and staff spending entire school days on camera, the teachers will give instructions at the beginning of the lessons and will then set work for the students to work on for the remainder of class. There may be “check-in” moments during the lesson and students can ask any questions they have during the lesson to the teacher via email. The students may be allowed to leave the online environment to complete the tasks, which will be put in Managebac – together with the Google Meet link to each class.
We will update you with news about physically returning to school as soon as we have it.
We appreciate this has been a difficult time for all, particularly for our international families away from loved ones. If you need support for your family or your child there are a number of options open to you.
For questions or worries about the social-emotional well-being of your children or your family please contact our Special Educational Needs coordinator Ms. Drenth. For advice and support in the home situation please contact our English speaking Centre of Youth and Family coach Maria Bezem.
We ask for your continued support and flexibility and ask you to join us in respecting and following the Dutch government rules and regulations to continue to fight the spread of Covid.
On behalf of the whole team, we would like to wish you all the very best and wish you strength. Together we will get through this period.