Additional measures against the coronavirus: NHL Stenden closed until 1 June for staff and students

Wednesday 25 March 2020

In a press conference on the evening of Monday 23 March, the Dutch Cabinet introduced stricter measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Stenden has today, 25 March 2020, decided that, after 6 April, it will continue to provide online education. This will continue until 1 June, and means our Dutch locations will be closed to staff and students until that date.

Should the government relax the measures in the meantime, then we will look into what forms of education and testing can take place at our locations again whilst still adhering to the relevant guidelines.

Our main priority remains the prevention of negative effects on the duration of studies. We are working hard to set up remote learning as well as we can so that we can continue to provide education and testing.

The sites in Emmen and Leeuwarden remain open, as they do now, to a limited extent in order to allow our business-critical processes to continue.

Online education

In the meantime, we are busy shaping our online education and more information can be found on our website so as to help teachers and students get straight to work. We regularly update the website with new questions and answers, and webinars and personal sessions are being organized for both our teachers and our students.

We see that teachers and students are becoming increasingly familiar with the possibilities of online education. This sudden step towards digital teaching was easier for some than others, and we ask you to be understanding and help each other where necessary.

National exams cancelled in secondary education

The Ministry also announced on Tuesday 24 March that the national exams for school leavers have been cancelled. Exams organised by the schools themselves will now determine whether a school leaver obtains their certificate. We feel it is important that these future students are supervised well, and we will be paying extra attention to this so that the transition from secondary school to higher professional education is as smooth as possible for these students.

Shared responsibility

These remain uncertain times for us all. Some may slowly be getting used to the situation, but we realize that for others the need for distraction and social contact may be increasing. We have a shared responsibility in fighting the coronavirus, so please take the government measures very seriously. And equally important, look after yourself and others.

Webinars with the Executive Board

During the webinars held this week, we were very impressed by your commitment and insight into the current situation. We feel that, especially now, it is important that we stay in good contact with each other. So that you can ask your questions and share your worries. Which is why we are now organising weekly webinars at fixed times. Every Tuesday afternoon from 4-5pm, staff are welcome to talk with us. And every Wednesday afternoon from 4-5pm, we’ll hold a webinar for students. Keep an eye on the intranet for more details. See you then!