Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Update 25 March

On Monday, the Dutch authorities announced that all gatherings and events will be prohibited until 1 June. This measure has a severe impact on our daily lives and makes presential education impossible. We believe it is crucial to provide clarity on what this means for our students and staff members. As a result, we have decided that we will continue with online education until 1 June.

Therefore, Hotelschool The Hague campuses and Skotel The Hague and Amsterdam will remain closed at least until 1 June. We closely monitor the guidelines of the Dutch government and the RIVM. Should the national measures allow to offer education on campus, Hotelschool The Hague will investigate different options to implement this.

We thank you in advance for understanding that this decision has a numerous amount of implications, at different levels, and we are already working on options and solutions. Trust that we do our utmost to inform you as soon as we can update you.

Update 24 March

Yesterday evening, the Dutch authorities announced new measures to prevent the virus from spreading. For higher education, the measure, closure until 6 April, has not changed. We will dive into what the new measures such as the prohibition of social gatherings until 1 June entail for our school. Below we would like to give you an update on the current situation, upcoming Q&A sessions and the importance to follow with online education.

Update current situation
We remind you that respecting all the measures enforced by the authorities, especially social distancing, is essential for slowing down the contagion. On this regard, we regret to inform you that yesterday we received the official confirmation that some of our students have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 (coronavirus). They are isolated, and thankfully they are doing well. According to the authorities, the peak of infected in the Netherlands is expected to take place the coming weeks. Therefore, we expect that additional students/employees will be tested positive on COVID-19. If this would be the case, please do not forget to let us know by filling this form. 

Q&A Sessions
The last weeks, we understand must have been overwhelming for many of you. Although, we shared a lot of information, we can fully understand that you still have questions and concerns you would like to share with us. For this reason, we organise live Questions & Answers sessions via Microsoft Teams in the coming days. Please keep an eye on your inbox for the invitation.

Important to continue your education online!
And, while having to deal with this new situation and all challenges it brings with it, our main priority is to cause as minimal disruption to your education as possible. Therefore, we want to stress (again) the absolute importance for students to still follow their courses online. We have started to build through our online learning. We are now preparing for Block D and the (alternative for the) written exams. We will keep you updated as soon as we have more information.
 

Update 20 March

Support measures for students
Yesterday, the Dutch government announced new measures to support students in light of the developments of the coronavirus. Please click here for the official announcement (only in Dutch). We are happy to see the government will support students in need. We will now dive into the specific consequences for our students and will share more information in a later stage. For your convenience, you can find the highlights below. 

Recommendation to Discontinue Programme (RDP)
Students who do not comply with the RDP, because they have been delayed by the coronavirus, receive a deferment. They will be given the opportunity to achieve the RDP standard in the following academic year. The Minister Van Engelshoven (Education) has agreed this with the Association of Universities (VSNU), the Association of Universities of Applied Sciences (VH) and student organisations ISO and LSVb. Students can then move on to the second year and are given the opportunity to meet the BSA standard in the academic year 2020-2021.

Attention to financial problems for (former) students
Students can also run into financial problems because their income from, for example, a side job is now disappearing, while the costs of, for example, the rent continues. The Education Executive Agency (DUO) will do everything in its ability to support students and will take their personal situation into account. Students can use the loan options at DUO and increase their loans. In addition, students can apply for tuition fee credit. Students can arrange this themselves via mijnDUO. If this is still insufficient, students can contact DUO for a customised solution.

Courtesy upon admission
The regular registration deadline for students (May 1) is postponed to June 1. This gives students who were unable to register in time due to the coronavirus an extra opportunity to still do so.

Travel abroad
Just like all Dutch people, students and employees are advised by the national government not to travel. 

Update 15 March

Additional measures Cabinet
This evening, the government has announced that the measures initially to be implemented until 1 April, now have been extended to 6 April. This means that Hotelschool The Hague campuses and Skotel The Hague and Amsterdam remain closed until 6 April. However, Hotelschool The Hague is committed to continue offering (online) education. 
  
Online education  
We officially start with online education as of Wednesday 18 March 2020.

  • Original time schedules are maintained. This way we keep clarity across courses, and students in different time zones can adapt.   
  • Some courses are ready to start with online education as of tomorrow. Please keep an eye on your inbox!   

Assessments  

  • All written exams for the remainder of block C cannot take place. We cannot offer online assessments for the individual written assessments (that normally would take place on campus in an exam room). We are working on scenarios to make it possible to catch up on these written exams later this academic year.  
  • All courses adhere to the deadlines as mentioned in the course syllabus as much as possible, and when realistic, for:  
    • Oral exams   
    • Written reports (group and individual reports)  
    • LYCar defences  
    • Presentations 

Students will be updated on the above deadlines and possible changes, via the core teams later this week.  

Update 13 March

No education at Hotelschool The Hague campuses
Thursday evening, the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS) decided that education will no longer take place at the campuses of higher education in the Netherlands. This applies to both educational activities and exams with immediate effect until 1 April. 

Bachelor and master students

  • We do not offer both theoretical as well as practical education at the campuses in The Hague and Amsterdam until at least 1 April. 
  • During this period, the exams and LYCar defenses on campus are also cancelled. 
  • The Media Centre is not open for use on campus, but online available (including support).
  • Be aware that the campuses will only stay accessible for employees in order to organise alternative ways of education and to run vital functions of the organisation such as IT. 
  • In the coming days, we will inform you regarding alternative ways of education, (written and oral) exams and LYCar defences. Please make sure to keep track of your emails.
  • Tutoring for students currently on placement or internship continues digitally or via phone.  
  • Today until 15:00, campus The Hague and campus Amsterdam will only be open to collect your personal belongings. 

Skotel students
As the health of our students is our first priority, we request students in Skotel to go home to their parents, families or friends if possible. Please inform always the Instructor of the Reception regarding your departure. We can understand that for some of our students, this will be challenging. If this applies to you, then please contact the instructor for support, we will make sure all our students will be supported in the right way. 
 
Please keep track of your email!
As the situation is subject to change, we request you to monitor your inbox on a very regular basis. In the upcoming days, we will inform you about alternative ways to continue your study and courses. We will do everything we can to limit possible negative consequences. 

Events
All events organised by Hotelschool The Hague, both on and outside our premises, will be postponed or organised in an alternative way. This applies to events in the coming period up to 30 April. This also includes the (international) Selection Days and Open Days.

All those involved in Open Days and Selection Days will be contacted directly.

FAQ

We do our utmost best to inform everyone through our Frequently Asked Questions. Before sending an e-mail, it is advised to take a look at the FAQ first, on the right side of the page. Your question might be answered already. 

In case of any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via coronavirus@hotelschool.nl