Even though primary schools and special education schools have been open again for two weeks, about 500 pupils are still not in school and have not had contact with their teachers, according to a poll by the general association of school leaders AVS among a thousand schools, NOS reports.
Secondary schools will only partially reopen on June 2nd. At least until the summer holidays, most schools will give priority to pupils who need physical education most urgently. Pupils who are performing well in distance learning may only go in for a few discussions with their mentor, Trouw reports after speaking to eight large school boards, covering a total of 131 secondary schools.
Primary schools with many pupils from poor families saw high absenteeism this week, because parents are afraid to send their kids back to class, according to the Youth Education Fund, which supports around 200 primary schools with pupils from disadvantaged situations. Parents are mainly concerned that their kids will contract the coronavirus, or pass it on to someone else. Schools are concerned that already vulnerable children are at risk of falling more and more behind, the Youth Education Fund said to the Volksrkant.
Around 55 thousand pupils haven't returned to class since primary schools opened on Monday, according to a survey conducted by the general association of school leaders AVS among over 1,100 school directors. Their parents keep them home out of concern that they will be infected by the coronavirus. Despite these absences, almost all school leaders are happy with how the transition from home schooling to back to class went, NOS reports.
If schools remain closed due to the coronavirus for much longer, pupils will fall behind, according to the Education Council, the government's main advisory body on education. To give pupils extra time to catch up, the Education Council suggest either a shorter summer vacation or longer school days next year, RTL Nieuws and AD report.
Schools in The Hague region lost touch with hundreds of pupils after schools closed as one of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19. These kids aren't following online lessons, and their teachers can't get in touch of them or their parents, Omroep West reports after speaking to multiple school groups in the area. Almost 400 pupils have fallen off the radar in The Hague and the surrounding area, according tot he broadcaster.
With schools being closed and parents working from home due to the coronavirus, kids in the Netherlands saw their daily screen time increase by around an hour. And while most schools and parents are satisfied with how the first two weeks of distance learning has gone, many are also concerned about children falling behind in their school work, according to two different studies, Het Parool reports.
The Netherlands' Outbreak Management Team advised the government to extend current measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 through to end-April or early-May. The team also recommended limiting inland tourism, sources in The Hague told RTL Nieuws. The government is meeting on Tuesday to decide which advice to follow and will officially announce measures in a press conference expected around 7:00 p.m.
The decision on whether or not schools will reopen after April 6 will only be made after the results of a crucial study by public health institute RIVM are known, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Eduction said on television program Op1. It seems very likely that schools will remain closed, because the RIVM told Nieuwsuur that this study will take six weeks and it started Tuesday.
The Netherlands awoke to a country that has largely come to a stand still on Monday morning. With businesses, schools and daycares largely ordered shut until April 6th, the roads and public transit were very quiet. As a result, both travelers association ANWB and public works department Rijkswaterstaat reported no traffic jams this morning - an unprecedented situation, NU.nl reports.
As the spread of coronavirus worsened throughout the province of Noord-Brabant, the major cities in the province agreed to suspend all events where thousands of visitors were expected to attend. The move includes all upcoming professional football matches, the mayors of Den Bosch, Eindhoven and Tilburg said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Tilburg Mayor Theo Weterings emphatically said that people should refrain from social interactions for the next week to help contain the virus. "Seven days of social abstention must be possible," Weterings said.
Schools in Arnhem sounded the alarm about an increasing number of school children smoking cannabis during school time. "In some classes, 50 to 60 percent of the students [smoke joints]", Eelco van der Kruk of the Thomas Kempis College in Arnhem said to the city council this week, speaking on behalf of multiple schools, Omroep Gelderland reports.
A boy was injured in a stabbing at a secondary vocational school in The Hague on Tuesday, the police said on Twitter.
The stabbing happened at the ROC Mondriaan on Neckar, according to RTL Nieuws.
A police spokesperson could not tell the broadcaster how seriously the boy was hurt or whether anyone was arrested.
The police are investigating.
The Hague is experimenting with closing roads around a school during pick-up and drop-off times. The municipality wants to investigate whether the measure increases the safety around the school, Omroep West reports.
Parents are increasingly interfering with the education their child receives at school, but at the same time are less and less willing to help out on school trips and class parties and the like, DUO discovered in a study among 500 primary school teachers. Three quarters of the teachers said that parents are increasingly taking the position of a "consumer" who is entitled to certain services from the school, RTL Nieuws reports.
A teacher was suspended from the Hoofdvaart College in Hoofddorp in January for insulting the Prophet Mohammad, the Telegraaf reports based on the suspension letter from the school management, which the newspaper has in its possession.
According to the letter, the teacher said that the Prophet Mohammad was married to an 8-year-old girl and that this is seen as pedophilia in the Netherlands. The teacher contradicts the accusation, according to the newspaper.
A large fire broke out in the canteen of the Vossius Gymnasium in Amsterdam on Monday evening. The fire caused considerable damage. The 800 pupils of the high school will therefore have the day off on Tuesday, RTL Nieuws reports.
A number of pupils were at the school for night classes when the fire started. They all managed to get out of the building unharmed.
It took firefighters all night to extinguish the fire, according to RTL Nieuws. The fire department had to demolish part of the canteen in order to keep the fire from spreading to the rest of the school.
School system Magister was hit by a DDoS attack on Thursday evening. As a result, tens of thousands of pupils from hundreds of Dutch schools were unable to access their rosters, homework assignments and results. "It's a rough attack", a Magister spokesperson said to RTL Nieuws.
The school system went offline at around 6:00 p.m. Magister called in a specialized company to "suppress" the issue, and they managed to get the system back online at around 10:00 p.m.
The police arrested a 14-year-old boy on Monday for taking a firearm to his school in Rotterdam Zuid. The illegal gun belongs to his parents, who were also arrested. The gun was found in a 15-year-old classmate's bag. This boy was also arrested, AD reports.
A spokesperson for the police would not tell AD whether the firearm was loaded, or which school was involved.
The 14-year-old's mother called the school because the boy had the gun over the weekend and she was worried that he took it to school with him. The school then called the police.
The teacher shortage has become such a problem in Zaanstad that schools have to switch to a four-day school week this autumn. "In places where there is no other option, we will be doing this in the short term", Rien Spies of the Zaanstad school umbrella organization Agora confirmed to RTL Nieuws.
Almost 90 percent of schools in the Netherlands experience problems with traffic in their immediate vicinity. Over the past three years, over 10 thousand traffic accidents were reported in the vicinity of schools, according to research by RTL Nieuws in collaboration with the University of Groningen.
As schools reopen after the summer holidays, Dutch safe traffic association VVN is calling on trucks to stay away from schools, especially when schools start and get out. This can help prevent serious accidents involving children, the association said to AD.
"They could ride a quarter of an hour earlier or later, or take a different route", VVN spokesperson Rob Stomphorst said to the newspaper.
The police arrested an 18-year-old boy at a school on Van Doornenplantsoen in Zoetermeer on Thursday afternoon. The pupil had a gun with him, RTL Nieuws reports.
Officers responded to the school based on a report that a pupil was armed. This turned out to be true. The suspect was arrested without problems. Why he'd taken a gun to school is not clear.
The arrest was made in the afternoon, but the police only announced it on Thursday evening.
A 16-year-old girl was injured in a stabbing on school grounds on Terheijdenseweg in Breda on Friday morning. The victim was taken to hospital with injuries to her neck, NU.nl reports.
The girl is conscious and in a stable condition, the police said. She is believed to be a pupil of the school - Radius College, according to Omroep Brabant.
An 18-year-old man fled from the scene. He has pale skin and blue eyes, is about 1.7 meters tall and wore a black t-shirt, black trousers, and glasses, according to a description spread on citizens notification system Burgernet.