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Utrecht secondary schools have difficulty finding alternative locations | NOW

High school students can return to school after weeks from Monday. Secondary schools in Utrecht, however, have difficulty in finding safe alternative locations, such as sports halls, vacant offices and community centers. These kinds of locations are necessary to continue to guarantee the 1.5 meter measure in education.

On Tuesday it was officially announced that secondary schools may again receive students from Monday at least one day a week. A big puzzle for schools, as most school buildings and classrooms are not big enough to welcome all students while enforcing corona measures

In order to ensure that schools in Utrecht can open safely after the spring break, the municipality and school boards have been busy looking for possible fall-back locations in recent days.

“The municipality has been busy identifying the required locations for 1.5 meter education in secondary education,” said municipal spokeswoman Marieke Ruijgrok.

That turns out to be easier said than done. “It is very complicated from an organizational point of view”, says Bram Donkers of the Nuovo school umbrella. “You have to take into account cycling distances and how many students can be received at each fall-back location.”

Municipality receives many tips, proposal possibly next week

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The municipality received a lot of tips this week, but not much is yet clear about which school can divert to which location.

“The municipality is now busy matching supply and demand. It looks like we will be able to make a proposal for most applications next week,” said Ruijgrok.

The municipality is also organizing support to enable education at the alternative locations.

Despite all the uncertainty, it is Monday. “Even if we don’t have any fall-back areas, we will of course just open it, but we hope to get clarity as soon as possible. Our roster makers are ready to make adjustments in the short term,” says Donkers.

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