Update 6 January: working from home, emergency childcare, BSR and opening hours
Working from home during the pandemic
The Netherlands went into lockdown right before the Christmas holidays. Of course this means that all teaching activities at Avans University of Applied Sciences, with the exception of practicals and exams, are now taking place remotely again. The current measures are in place until at least Monday 18 January. In a press conference on Tuesday 12 January, Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce which measures will be in place from 18 January.
After a well-deserved Christmas break, everyone is now back to work and we are faced with the same challenges we experienced during the first nationwide lockdown. Once again, all of your efforts have not gone unnoticed. We understand how challenging it can be to do your job as a lecturer or staff member to the best of your abilities while being at home with your children at the same time. Of course, these are also difficult times if you live alone or if you are worried about a loved one. Please rest assured that we know you are doing your best. Please also know that we do not expect the impossible. Effectively, this means that you do not need to take time off or work late because you are taking care of your children during work hours or you have to help them with their homework. Please let us know if you are struggling and ask for help if you need it. Whether you are a supervisor or a colleague, we kindly ask you to be flexible and patient and try and put yourself in someone else’s shoes. We all need to work together to ensure that we stay healthy. For tips on how to create a healthy remote working environment (with or without children) click on the following link (information in Dutch): https://magazines.avans.nl/gezond-thuis-werken/thuiswerken-met-kinderen
Right to emergency childcare
Childcare organisations and primary schools are providing emergency childcare to parents who belong to one of the key worker groups. These include lecturers and members of staff of educational institutions involved in distance learning activities or exams. Families where one parent belongs to a key worker group are requested to keep their children at home as much as possible. If absolutely necessary, these families may also send their children to emergency childcare. For more information, please go to: Overzicht cruciale beroepen tijdens lockdown | Coronavirus COVID-19 | Rijksoverheid.nl (only in Dutch).
Binding study recommendation
The Avans Joint Consultative Council has approved the Executive Board’s proposed decision to suspend the binding study recommendation (BSR). First-year students who were unable to meet the BSR standard in the 2020-2021 academic year will have the opportunity to meet the standard prior to the end of their second academic year (but no later than 31-8-2022). The Avans Joint Consultative Council has approved the decision subject to the following two conditions: closer monitoring of the study progress of first-year students and extra study development counselling for this group. The Executive Board is currently working on meeting these conditions.
In the previous academic year, the Executive Board decided to suspend the BSR requirement for first-year students until 31 August 2021. This suspension will not change, and will remain in effect until 31-08-2021. This new decision only applies to current first-year students in the 2020-2021 academic year.
Opening hours of Avans buildings
The new temporary opening hours of the Avans buildings for exams, for practice-based education and for students and staff who are not in a position to study or work from home, can be found here: Coronavirus | Update 22 December: Avans buildings opening hours as of 4 January