NHL Stenden unable to open for its own students but helping secondary schools by offering them use of its classrooms

Thursday 04 March 2021

In the coming weeks, some 200 pupils from OSG Piter Jelles Leeuwarden will be making use of the facilities at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences. Discussions are also underway with other secondary schools.

Secondary schools reopened on 1 March and pupils are expected to go to school for at least one day a week. However, very careful preparation is needed if this is to take place in a safe and responsible manner for both pupils and staff, particularly as not all pupils can be accommodated in the teaching space available in the secondary schools themselves. “We encountered the same problem when we were allowed to provide face-to-face teaching. That’s why we were so happy with Post Plaza and Oranje Hotel’s offer to create study spaces in their buildings. Isn’t it great that we can now use our empty rooms to help provide face-to-face secondary education? We hope we will also soon be able to welcome our own students into our buildings, and that we too will be able to make use of study areas elsewhere, if we need to.” says Mathijs Rutten, director of Facility Management at NHL Stenden.

The teaching areas

The upper school pupils from OSG Piter Jelles, one of the training schools for the teacher training programme at NHL Stenden and therefore an important partner, will keep within their own “bubble” by using the units behind the Rengerslaan 10 building. A lecture hall will occasionally be made available for subjects with more pupils such as Dutch and English. An added advantage of this is that the pupils get to see what the NHL Stenden campus is like which is good for their orientation into higher education. The facilities will be offered until at least 15 March, unless it is announced before then that students in higher education can receive face-to-face education again.

The corona measures

It goes without saying that the measures in place regarding the coronavirus will be maintained within all the study areas at NHL Stenden. This means that pupils will have to stay at least 1.5 metres away from each other and wear a face mask inside the building. The face mask may only be removed once they are seated in the classroom. In the meantime, in line with the advice given by outgoing Minister De Jonge, NHL Stenden is preparing for the re-opening of higher education.

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