Working together to keep our community safe
Ensuring a safe school environment for all students and staff is a priority at ESH Secondary. We have prepared the COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol which outlines the steps we are taking to reduce the chance of an outbreak at our school. Everyone in the Secondary school community has a personal responsibility to adhere to the protocol, so together we can protect our school community.
To review the government advice for secondary schools, visit the Rijksoverheid website
If you, or someone in your household is experiencing any of the following symptoms, do not come to school.
- Cold-like symptoms (such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
- Shortness of breath
- Elevated temperature or fever
- Sudden loss of smell and/or taste (without nasal congestion)
To arrange a coronavirus test, call 0800-1202. Do not return to school until you, and the members of your household have not had any symptoms for 24 hours. Parents report absences by completing the absence form before 08:30 for everyday of the absence.
If you, or someone in your household contracts the coronavirus, do not come to school.
- Stay home for the length of time specified by the GGD
- Only return to school if everyone in the household is complaint free for 24 hours after the required quarantine period.
- Parents report the absence by filling the absence form at the start of the home quarantine period and contact school after the quarantine period for an update.
Quarantine rules after a holiday in orange and red countries
Parents, staff and secondary students can, just like everyone in the Netherlands, receive urgent advice after a stay abroad to go into home quarantine for 10 days upon their return.
Check the following website to see if your holiday destination is listed as red/orange, and if you are required to complete a 10 day quarantine at home. These quarantine requirements apply to all ESH Secondary students, regardless of age:
Learning doesn’t stop when you’re in quarantine or at home. As Secondary students, you are beginning to take responsibility for your own learning, and we are all here to help you catch up when you are well enough. Our first priority is for you to get healthy again. If you need to stay at home, please keep checking SMS every day for your class work, homework and assignments. SMS is the central point for all assignments and resources. We can also help you make contact with a classmate at school who can be a learning buddy and share their class notes with you. If you can’t find a buddy, your teachers will be happy to help match you with a buddy in your class. If you experience problems or can’t find your work in SMS, please contact your Cycle Leader for help.
Arriving at school
Unless they have been invited, parents are not allowed to enter the school grounds and should use the kiss and ride. Students are allowed on school premises 30 minutes before the start of their lesson, and can wait in their classrooms before the lesson begins. Before entering a classroom, students need to clean their hands using the sanitizer gel provided, and take a paper towel with cleaning spray to wipe down their desks.
Wearing face masks strongly recommended
We strongly recommend that students and staff members wear face masks in corridors and in other common areas at ESH Secondary where maintaining a 1,5 metre distance is not always possible. On the advice of the Secondary Participation Council, we strongly recommend that face masks also be worn in classrooms where the 1,5 metre distance is difficult to maintain, such as in the science labs. The use of face masks in other areas or classrooms is at the discretion of the individual.
From 1 July, the Dutch government relaxed the requirement for social distancing between students, even if they are 18 years or older. However, students must still maintain a 1,5 metre distance from staff, and all staff members are still required to keep a 1,5 metre distance from each other. Both students and staff members are responsible for respecting these social distancing requirements in the classroom, and everyone should keep right when moving through the corridors.
To help manage the safe flow of people through the new school building, all staircases will be one way. Move upstairs using the staircase near the Library, and downstairs using the staircase near the kitchen. Keep to the right side when walking through the corridors. Don’t socialise in the corridors as this can cause crowding. Go straight to your class or meet your friends in the canteen, common rooms, or outside.
We will not use the school bell. The reason for this is that the sound of the bell puts everybody in motion at the same time, causing students to rush into the corridors. Without a bell, teachers will close their lessons at slightly different times, so not all students will exit their classrooms at once, making the movement of people in the corridors much calmer. Students should move quickly from their lockers so that the corridors remain clear at all times. Students can enter classrooms immediately to start disinfecting their desks, rather than wait in the corridor for their teacher. Additional supervision will be provided in corridors where crowding has been observed.
Cleaning and ventilation
The buildings and portacabins at both our Primary and Secondary schools make use of mechanical ventilation systems. Over the summer vacation we arranged to have a technical analysis of all ventilation systems at both school sites. The outcome of the analysis by the external supplier found that there is no re-circulation of air within the systems, thus confirming that the ventilation in our buildings minimizes the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. The analysis concluded that our buildings are therefore safe to be used.
In addition to this, classrooms and corridors will be ventilated between lessons and during the breaks by opening windows and doors. Please note that as outlined in the VO-Raad protocols, fans should not be used in the classrooms. The three rounds of cleaning each day are carried out by Unidos, in compliance with the RIVM guidelines.
Trips and activities
All residential trips and day trips are cancelled for the calendar year 2020. The S4-S5 Exchange programme is cancelled for the school year 2020-2021. Educational activities under the supervision of teaching staff and educational support staff will continue. Other activities such as excursions and study trips may take place, depending on management approval.