From March, Secondary schools can resume on-site lessons in a partial capacity, with limited student mixing. With COVID-19 still a very real risk, ESH Secondary aims to deliver quality learning experiences while prioritising the health and safety of our community members. To make it easier for staff and students to maintain a safe distance from others, and as a consequence of the complexity of our multilingual timetable, we will implement a blended learning model.
What is blended learning?
Students will be split into two groups, A and B, and will alternate between online lessons and on-site lessons. When not on-site, students still follow their normal timetabled lessons online from home. This set-up will ensure that there will only be 50% of students in school at any given time. Separating the groups means that should there be a COVID-19 outbreak in one group, the students in the other group will not be at direct risk.
If you, or someone in your household is experiencing any of the following symptoms, stay home and arrange a coronavirus test by calling 0800-1202:
- 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.
Health and safety
All students and staff are expected to adhere to all health and safety rules when at school, including the new requirement that all students are to maintain a 1,5m distance from one another at all times.
Students and staff members need to wear face masks in all areas at ESH Secondary. Face masks must also be worn in classrooms, and may only be removed if everyone, including the teacher, is seated.
Health and safety rules:
- 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
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.
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: