The summer vacation is at an end. And with a new academic year about to start, we are back to work. We are very pleased with the cabinet’s decision that higher education can reopen and we no longer have to take into account a distance of 1.5 metres. We’ve all been looking forward to that. After a year and a half of mainly studying and working online, we are ready to see and speak to each other again.
Education will be a combination of classes on site and online classes
We will not be completely returning to pre-Covid education. Many students and lecturers have indicated that they would like some activities, such as contact with study career counsellors or lectures, to remain online. In short: an educational mixture, whereby at least part of the classes are online. Faculty members will again be physically present on site for education. Support staff who are not directly involved in education-related support are required by the government to work from home as much as possible until 20 September.
Studying safely, what do we do?
We realise that it can be quite exciting for you to come back to school. And be aware that we do everything we can to make studying and working in our buildings as safe as possible. For example, you will still be required to follow walking routes in the building, we will still wear face masks when we move through the communal areas, we do additional rounds of cleaning and a maximum lecture hall capacity of 75 people will apply.
What can you do yourself?
You can also help to promote safe studying yourself. We ask you to continue self-testing for Covid-19 before coming to Saxion. The cabinet advises doing this twice a week. You can order your Covid-19 self-tests free of charge via www.zelftestonderwijs.nl. The use of self-tests is voluntary. If you have any symptoms that resemble those of Covid-19, stay at home and make an appointment with the GGD (Municipal Health Services) for a test. Self-testing does not replace a GGD test.
Vaccinations are also helping to make sure universities are safe spaces. That’s why we encourage you to get vaccinated if you haven’t already. You can make an appointment for this via www.planjeprik.nl or by calling the GGD (Municipal Health Services). You can also get vaccinated without an appointment.
All information in one place
We have summarised for you in the infographic below what education will look like this academic year and what else we are doing to be able to study and work safely in our buildings.
We look forward to welcoming you back to our buildings and wish you a good and safe academic year. Let’s make something beautiful together again! #togethersaxion
Anka Mulder, Ineke van Oldeniel and Timo Kos
The Executive Board