ESH Secondary - Coronavirus information

The measures outlined on this webpage were in effect before the school closed for the summer holidays. This information will be updated to reflect any new measures when the school opens for the new school year in September.

Updated 3 June 2021

Working together to keep our community safe

Ensuring a safe school environment for all students and staff is a priority at ESH Secondary. Following the recent announcement from the government, we are preparing to welcome all students back to school full time from Thursday 3 June. The COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol is currently being updated based on new advice from the government and VO-Raad, and will be published soon.

ESH Secondary COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocol - March 2021

To review the government advice for secondary schools, visit the Rijksoverheid website

Rijksoverheid: Veelgestelde vragen over het coronavirus en voortgezet onderwijs

COVID-19 home test kits for students

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All staff and students will be provided with COVID-19 self-test kits that are to be taken home and used twice a week for routine screening. COVID-19 self-tests are not designed to replace the official tests provided by the GGD.

In case of a positive result on a home test

Your child, and any siblings, must stay home and the household must go into self-quarantine. Inform the school by contacting reception ( and complete the ‘report an absence’ form. It is important that you contact the GGD to inform them of your child’s positive test result, and to arrange an official test. This will allow them to start contact tracing right away, which can help contain a potential outbreak at school.

In case of a negative result on a home test

A negative result is valid for 48 hours and indicates that your child can come to school. However, should your child experience any coronavirus symptoms, the negative test result should be disregarded. Anyone with symptoms will need to stay home and get tested by the GGD – even if their symptoms are mild, or a self-test is negative.

Home test kit instructions

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Not well? Stay home

Not well? Stay home

Home test kits are for routine screening only and are not designed to replace the official tests provided by the GGD. All families are reminded that if you develop any of the symptoms listed below, or your home test result is positive, you need to contact the GGD directly to schedule a test by calling 0800-1202 or via

  • Cold-like symptoms (such as a nasal cold, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat)
  • Coughing Shortness of breath
  • Elevated temperature or fever
  • Sudden loss of smell and/or taste (without nasal congestion)

Follow the quarantine advice provided by the GGD. You will not be able to return to on-site education until everyone in the household is symptom-free, has completed the quarantine or has had a negative test result. Parents report absences by completing the absence form before 08:30 for everyday of the absence.

For more information, refer to the guidelines from the RIVM.

On-site precautions

ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety
ESH Secondary Coronavirus Safety

Health and safety

All students and staff are expected to adhere to all health and safety rules when at school, including maintaining a 1,5m distance from adults at all times. Students and staff members need to wear face masks in all areas at ESH Secondary.

Health and safety rules:

  • Test at home twice a week
  • Wear a face mask
  • Keep 1,5m distance from others
  • Clean your desk and chair when entering and leaving a room
  • Keep to the right in corridors and on stairs
  • Follow the one-way system in the school building & on stairs
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or disinfect your hands
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow & use paper tissues to blow your nose
  • Don't shake hands or hug people

Safe morning and lunch breaks 

From Thursday 3 June, our original timetable will be reinstated, meaning lunch breaks will be split into two shifts to reduce crowding. Without a school bell to announce the end of lessons, teachers will release students organically so they can make their way outside without overcrowding the corridors. As the weather is warm, all breaks will be taken outdoors. Students will eat their lunch outdoors in the fresh air. To reduce crowding in the Canteen, only those students who have ordered a warm lunch will be able to eat in the Canteen, before going outdoors. 

Cleaning and ventilation

As a newly renovated building, the Secondary school building uses a state-of-the-art mechanical ventilation system. A technical analysis of the ventilation systems found that there is no re-circulation of air, confirming that the ventilation in our building minimizes the risk of the spread of the coronavirus. The analysis concluded that our buildings are 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. The three rounds of cleaning each day are carried out by Unidos, in compliance with the RIVM guidelines.

Reporting absences

The school must closely monitor any reports of those in our community who may be displaying symptoms of the coronavirus. Monitoring reported symptoms will help us quickly establish whether there may be an outbreak in our school community and will allow us to efficiently liaise with the GGD if necessary.

Avoid travelling


Quarantine rules apply

Following critical advice from the Dutch government, all community members are encouraged to avoid travelling abroad.

Check the following website to see which destinations are listed as red/orange, and if you are required to complete a 10 day quarantine upon return. These quarantine requirements apply to all ESH Secondary students, regardless of age:

Visit website: Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken