Covid-19

Covid-19

10th March 2021

Dear parents,

The Zurich Cantonal authorities announced on Tuesday March 9th, that students will return to face to face lessons from Monday March 15th. The current arrangements with half classes will end on the afternoon of Friday March 12th.

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Due to the current epidemiological situation, we will also allow students with pre-existing medical conditions to attend lessons online. However, we would kindly ask that if your son/daughter is going to attend lessons online, due to medical reasons only, you excuse them. Please email a doctor's certificate to {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{B0DA250890FF4CBF9FED02749060EA64}.

Hull's School will continue to follow Zürich Cantonal and Swiss Government guidelines on Covid-19 procedures. Many of the current measures such as the obligatory wearing of face masks, social distancing rules, classroom hygiene and disinfection rules remain the same. Of course, if the situation changes in the coming weeks, school policy in relation to Covid 19 will be adapted in line with official government guidelines.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and co-operation during this time.

Kind regards,

Hull's School 


9th March 2021

Dear parents and students,

Our examinations board Pearson Edexcel confirmed in February that students will receive their grades for the May/June 2021 series based on teachers' judgment of their performance based on a range of evidence. Edexcel will meet with the senior leadership of each school to discuss the procedures schools have in place to ensure quality assurance and objective and consistent marking for all subjects. Quality assurance of the teacher assessed grades will be carried out by Edexcel in consultation with the school from mid-June to July.

Edexcel have announced that they will provide a range of unseen test materials for each subject. To ensure fairness and parity among all our students, Hull's School, like last year, will hold end of year examinations with these unseen test materials. It will be compulsory for students to physically attend the end of year exams. No online exams for these end of year exams will take place. These end of year exams will count for 50% of the grade we will submit together with the other 50% counted from assessments (class tests, homework and mock exams) given from the beginning of March 2021. Within the next few weeks, Hull's School will publish the breakdown of each department's grade calculations on the parents and students' portals in iSAMs.  

Hull's School will hold these internal end of year exams in three and half weeks from Monday 10th May to Wednesday 2nd June. Classes will be cancelled for the examined subject on the days that your son/daughter will sit their exams and all students sitting for an exam are excused from school for the entire day. A timetable of these end of year exam dates will be published towards the end of March.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


12th February 2021

Dear parents and students,

The current regulations for reduced class sizes (half classes)  due to Covid 19 have been extended by the Cantonal authorities in Zürich. (please see attached link)

https://www.zh.ch/de/news-uebersicht/medienmitteilungen/2021/02/weiterhin-reduzierter-praesenzunterricht-an-mittelschulen.html?pk_campaign=newsletter&pk_kwd=Bildung&pk_source=immediately&pk_medium=Weiterhin-reduzierter-Pr%C3%A4senzunterricht-an-Mittelschulen

From Monday, March 1st, we are once again obliged due to Cantonal regulations to reduce class sizes to a minimum of 8, sometimes 7, depending on the class size, therefore we will have to continue with the current situation of half classes.

These new regulations will begin on March 1st  and end on March 15th, this will be for the first two weeks of school after the Sportferien holidays.

EC4 and EC3 students will continue with the current arrangements that they had agreed with their subject teachers.

With regards to EC1 and EC2 classes, we will be emailing you a new list/plan for EC1 and EC2 by Friday February 19th.

Once again we would like to thank you for your co-operation in this matter

Kind regards

Hull's School


4th February 2021

Dear Hull's School parents and students,

Our examinations board, Pearson Edexcel have just announced that to ensure students receive a grade or award that is accurate and fair, this year's May/June external International GCSE and International AS/A Level examinations will not go ahead in the customary format. Pearson Edexcel feel that due to the ongoing uncertainty, examinations could not be done fairly and would risk unintentionally disadvantaging individual students.

Consequently, the May/June 2021 International GCSE and International AS/A Level examinations will be based on teacher assessment with external moderation by Edexcel. This approach will ensure fairness so that every student receives a grade that reflects their knowledge and understanding.

Pearson Edexcel will offer an additional exam series for the International GCSE later in the year. The International AS/A Level October exam series will go ahead as planned.

To establish the fairest possible approach for our students, Hull's School will continue to robustly assess our students using in class tests, progress tests, mock examinations, and homework to ensure that our students' grades will be based on their teacher’s assessment of the standard at which they are performing. Grades will reflect what a student knows, understands, and can do.

We understand that Pearson Edexcel's decision will be frustrating for some students and parents and that others will welcome it. Hull's School will make certain that the highest quality controls are in place to ensure fairness, so every student receives a grade that reflects their knowledge and understanding of the subject they have studied.

Please note that the deadline for registration for the May/June 2021 examination series is March 5th. For those students who are awaiting their January exam results, the registration deadline will be 12th March 2021. Students will be automatically registered for examinations for their regular classes but will need to register themselves for extra examinations and/or re-sits. Please contact your Year Head or the Examinations team at {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{505D56C5F0214E87B6A2AC063A2786B8} / phone 044 254 30 41 for more information.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


22nd January 2021

Dear parents,

Hull's School continues to take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff against the Corona virus and its mutations. As of Thursday 21st January, new regulations have been announced by the Canton of Zürich. See attached link: Kanton Zürich

In accordance with Cantonal guidelines, from February 1st 2021, class sizes will be halved and reduced to a maximum of eight students per lesson. This means that half of the students will attend lessons online and the other half will attend physically.

Please carefully read the following procedures, which will apply to all students who are physically present at the school. It is vital that these procedures be followed, to ensure safe conditions and to comply with BAG and Cantonal guidelines.

Should you wish, due to the current circumstances, to keep your son or daughter at home until Friday 26th February, we of course understand and will honour your request.

1.    Face masks

Face masks must be worn when moving to/between classrooms or on the stairs. Students are advised to bring their own masks. However, masks can also be purchased from the Falkenstrasse office for 1 CHF.

2.    Social distancing

Class groups will be split in half, with half attending physical lessons and the other half attending the same lessons online via Zoom. A maximum of eight students physically present per classroom is allowed. Classroom desks will be distributed throughout the classrooms and are not to be moved. Students will be seated apart from each other.

The breaks between double lessons will be ten minutes longer. The five-minute break between single lessons will be eliminated. Students will be excused to use the washrooms individually, one at a time.

3.    Classroom Hygiene and disinfection

Double-lessons will end ten minutes earlier, so that students will have sufficient time, using the disinfecting materials provided, to disinfect their room thoroughly before the next group arrives. This will be supervised by teachers.

No materials (pens, calculators, books, food, drink, etc.) are to be shared or passed on. Every classroom will be extensively ventilated during break time.

4.    Lunchtime

All classrooms will continue to be available for students to have their lunch in. Windows must be kept open during lunchtime to ensure adequate ventilation. Students must not congregate in large groups but must maintain an appropriate distance from each other.

5.    EC1 and EC2 plans

Half of the students will be allowed to physically attend each lesson. Detailed plans will be sent Tuesday, 26th next week to parents and students. The lessons will be filmed live by the teacher, using Zoom so that the other students can watch the lesson from home. If parents excuse their children, they will also be allowed to watch from home.

EC2 lessons will be interrupted for their mock exams from February 3rd to 11th. Our examinations department have sent you a separate plan for this period of time.

6.    EC3 and EC4 plan

The modular, customized EC3 and EC4 timetables do not allow for a relatively uncomplicated approach such as described above for EC1 and EC2. Therefore, each EC3 and EC4 teacher will work out an individualised approach that best suits the needs of their class and communicate this with their students.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


8th January 2021

Dear parents,

We wish all of you a Happy New Year.

Students will return to school on Monday January 11th.  As was the case before the holidays, we will also allow students to attend lessons via Zoom. However, we would kindly ask that if your son/daughter is going to attend lessons online, you excuse them. Please email {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{B0DA250890FF4CBF9FED02749060EA64}.

Zoom log-in details will be on the relevant class/subject Moodle page for each lesson. Students who attend lessons via Zoom will also be marked as present for record keeping purposes. With regards to attendance, we thank those of you who have set up and activated the Parent Portal. We will be launching the iParent App this month. As parents can now monitor the attendance of their son/daughter on the Parent Portal, we will no longer be sending daily absence notifications by email.

Hull's School will continue to follow Zürich Cantonal and Swiss Government guidelines on Covid-19 procedures. Many of the current measures such as the obligatory wearing of face masks, social distancing rules, classroom hygiene and disinfection rules remain the same. Of course if the situation changes in the coming weeks, school policy in relation to Covid 19 will be adapted in line with official government guidelines.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and co-operation during this time.

Kind regards,

Hull's School 


9th December 2020

Dear parents,

Hull's School continues to follow Zürich Cantonal and Swiss Government guidelines on Covid-19 procedures.

Beginning Thursday December 10th, new Covid-19 regulations come into effect. Many of the current measures such as the obligatory wearing of face masks, social distancing rules, classroom hygiene and disinfection rules remain the same.

  • However, due to new measures introduced by the Cantonal authorities we will be obliged to have a week of online/virtual lessons beginning Monday January 4th and ending Friday January 8th 2021. We will follow the same procedure as we did during lockdown where teachers will teach live or through pre-recorded lessons on Zoom.  Attendance will be taken on time for all online lessons. This attendance data will be available to view on the Parent Portal. If you have not already registered, we kindly ask you to please do so.
  • All January IAL examinations will proceed as planned. But under strict conditions and according to the new regulations.
  • All EC1 Christmas internal examinations and the EC2 parents` evening on Thursday December 10th will proceed as previously planned.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and co-operation during this time.

Kind regards,

Hull's School 


16th October 2020

Dear parents,

From Monday October 19th, Hull`s School will be amending its absences policy due to the onset of "Flu season".

Previously, only students who were in isolation or quarantine were offered Zoom lessons.

However, as many students will be absent from school at some point during the next few months due to the flu, we will offer Zoom lessons to students from Monday October 19th if they are excused by parents. Zoom lessons will only be offered to students if we receive an excused absence. Zoom log- in details will be on the relevant class/subject Moodle page for each lesson. Students who attend lessons via Zoom will also be marked as present for record keeping purposes.

We will continue to review this policy as the current situation changes

Secondly, from October 19th our Covid 19 policy will be as follows:

·      The current regulations/Covid 19 protocol during the school day will remain in the same.

·     Students with a runny nose will not be sent home from lessons.

·     Students with a combination of two of the following symptoms: temperature, sore throat  and loss 

      of sense of smell/taste will be sent home immediately.

·     Students with just a cough will be decided on a case by case basis by the office staff who are First Aid
      trained.

We sincerely appreciate your understanding and co-operation during this time.

Kind regards,

Hull's School 


31st August 2020

Dear parents and students,

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we regret to have to postpone the School Ball, which was scheduled to take place on September 25th, until the 2021 Spring term (date to be decided).

We thank you for your understanding.

Kind regards,

Hull’s  School


20th August 2020.

Dear parents,

Following on from our recent communication about reopening earlier this week, we would like to remind you all of a couple of Dos and Don`ts in relation to the current situation in Switzerland.

There are numerous reports in the media about young people not adhering to the guidelines as issued by BAG and the Cantonal authorities.

Therefore, we would like to state that:

  • If your son or daughter has been abroad in the last few days and they are returning from a designated "at risk" country, they must quarantine/isolate for a period of 10 days from the date of return. The most recent list can be found by clicking on this link.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#1918240392

  • Secondly, if a student has tested positive for the Corona virus in the last 10 days, the relevant authorities have to be notified and so do we. It is imperative that in such cases your son/daughter does not come into school if their period of isolation has not expired.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/isolation-und-quarantaene.html#-883252542

  • Failure to comply with the regulations of BAG and the Zurich cantonal authorities can result in a fine of up to 10,000 CHF. 

We would greatly appreciate your co-operation in this matter and that all students are reminded by you, their parents that they have to follow the strict guidelines as issued by the authorities.

There are many of you who will know of friends, relatives or even family members who are vulnerable to this virus and are classed as high risk. Therefore, it is very important that we as a school not only strive to protect these vulnerable few but also, endeavor to ensure the safety of all.

We wish your son/daughter a positive start to term in these challenging times.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


17th August 2020

Dear Hull's School parents and students,

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday.

We are delighted to inform you that Hull's School will be fully reopening as of Friday August 21st.

In these unprecedented times, we will be implementing the following procedures to ensure the protection of your son/daughter.

Please carefully read the following procedures, which will apply to all students. It is vital that these procedures be followed, to ensure safe conditions and to comply with the cantonal guidelines.

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1.    Face masks and Social distancing:

Face masks must be worn in classrooms and when moving to/between classrooms within the school buildings. Face masks will not be compulsory in classrooms where social distancing of 1.5 metres is possible.

Students are advised to bring their own masks. However, masks can also be purchased from the Falkenstrasse and Examinations offices for 1 CHF.

2.    Classroom Hygiene and disinfection:

To ensure the protection of your son/daughter, hand sanitizer is available in the foyer of each building. All classrooms have disinfection liquid and paper towels. All teachers' desks have Plexiglas screens.

Double-lessons will end ten minutes earlier, so that students will have sufficient time, using the disinfecting materials provided, to disinfect their room thoroughly before the next group arrives. This will be supervised by teachers.
No materials (pens, calculators, books, food, drinks, etc.) are to be shared or passed on.

Every classroom will be extensively ventilated in every break. 

3. Quarantine:

Students returning from countries that are listed as risk areas by the Swiss government will need to quarantine for 10 days.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html

We kindly ask that parents inform the school at {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{B0DA250890FF4CBF9FED02749060EA64} if their son/daughter has visited a risk area and must therefore adhere to the quarantine rules.

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to welcoming your son/daughter back to Hull's School for the 2020-21 academic year.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


3rd June 2020

Dear parents,

Starting next Monday, June 8th, physical presence lessons are again allowed, on a limited basis, in Swiss Secondary Level 2 schools, such as ours. However, distancing rules still apply, so that it will not be possible for more than eight students to be physically present for any lesson.

 Please carefully read the following procedures, which will apply to all students who are physically present at the school. It is vital that these procedures be followed, to ensure safe conditions and to comply with BAG guidelines. For that reason, we are afraid that we cannot make any changes or exceptions to these procedures.

Should you wish, due to the current circumstances, to keep your son or daughter at home for the remainder of the school year, we of course understand and will gladly honour your request.

1.    Face masks
Face masks must be worn when moving to/between classrooms or on the stairs. Students are advised to bring their own masks. However, masks can also be purchased from the Falkenstrasse office for 1 CHF.

2.    Social distancing:
Class groups will be split in half, with half attending physical lessons and the other half attending the same lessons online via Zoom. A maximum of 8 students physically present per classroom is allowed.

Classroom desks will be optimally distributed throughout the classrooms and are not to be moved. Students will be seated at a distance of 2 metres (minimum) apart from each other. This will be marked by red and white tape.

Students and teachers are to remain at a minimum distance of two metres apart from each other at all times, including during breaks.

The breaks between double lessons will be ten minutes longer. The five-mînute break between single lessons will be eliminated. Students will be excused to use the washrooms individually, one at a time.

Student lounges will be closed.

3.    Classroom Hygiene and disinfection:

Double-lessons will end ten minutes earlier, so that students will have sufficient time, using the disinfecting materials provided, to disinfect their room thoroughly before the next group arrives. This will be supervised by teachers.

No materials (pens, calculators, books, food, drink, etc.) are to be shared or passed on.

Every classroom will be extensively ventilated in every break.

4.    Lunchtime:

Students may, if they wish, have their lunch in the period D room they were just using, at the same desks where they were already sitting, in order to maintain social distancing. 

5.    EC1 and EC2 plans:

Half of the students will be allowed to physically attend each lesson. The detailed plans are in the attachments. The lessons will be filmed live by the teacher, using Zoom so that the other students can watch the lesson from home. If parents excuse their children, they will also be allowed to watch from home.

EC1 lessons will be interrupted for their end-of-year tests from 15 June to 24 June. Our examinations department has sent you a separate plan for this period of time.

6.    EC3 plan:

The modular, customized EC3 timetables do not allow for a relatively uncomplicated approach such as described above for EC1 and EC2. Therefore, each EC3 teacher will work out an individualized approach that best suits the needs of their class and communicate this with their students.


1st June 2020

Dear parents and students,

We hope you are all staying safe and well.

 As you will already know, both from our correspondence with you and from official government announcements, the Swiss government last month provisionally set June 8th as the date for physical-presence instruction on a half-class basis to resume in Secondary Level 2 schools such as ours.

 We are now pleased to inform you that, following the announcement by the Swiss Federal Government on Wednesday of last week, the Zurich Cantonal Ministry of Education on Friday confirmed this plan and issued guidance for its implementation. You can find more information at the Ministry website here:

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 We have already done extensive planning based on the provisional guidance previously available to us and are now carefully studying the final guidance in order to make any necessary adjustments.

Details of the resumption of physical-presence instruction will follow by Wednesday, June 3rd at the latest. For now, we can tell you that EC1 and EC2 students will be able to attend lessons in person from two to three days per week beginning Monday, June 8th. On the other days, their lessons will be conducted online, as before. As the customised EC3 timetable is rather more complicated, we will have to ask EC3 students and parents to wait until next Tuesday for more details on how those lessons will be offered.

 As you know, we recently conducted a survey of our parents on this topic, in which many of you were kind enough to participate. We have carefully read your comments and are making adjustments to our plan accordingly. In particular, we take very seriously the concerns expressed by some of you regarding students whose current personal situation makes their physical presence at the school problematic. Therefore, please be assured that we will make it possible for such students to continue to follow their lessons from home for the remainder of the school year. If this applies to you, please simply call or email our office and inform us.

Thank you for your patience and trust in this difficult time, as we do our very best to fulfil our mission of providing an excellent education to all of the fine young people who we feel privileged to have as our students.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


20th March 2020

Dear parents and students,

We are pleased to inform you that our examinations board has committed to offering all of its international exams in May and June. Obviously, the holding of exams would still have to be in accordance with whatever local regulations might be in effect at that time.

The text of the announcement can be found here: You can also read the text below, copied at  12:30 pm CET, on 20 March 2020.

We are already working on creating exam environments that would follow safety requirements arising from the Coronavirus outbreak.

Should the situation after all worsen and new Swiss regulations prevent us from holding exams, our exams board is already working on an alternative process to assess and certify students to deal with that situation. We have not been given details at the moment, but will share them with you as soon as we know more.

Therefore, we want to stress that our students should continue to work hard, attend their Zoom lessons regularly, do their homework diligently, and take advantage of the booster opportunities that still exist. Just email whatever booster teacher is assigned to your subject level and ask for a Zoom invitation.

We sincerely hope that  all of our students do very well on their May/June exams. Working together, we can succeed. We promise to do our very best.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


International Centres (not including UK)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

Last updated: 20 March 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak has caused schools around the world to close, we've been working with you to support teaching and learning throughout this ever changing global situation. Our focus is on keeping everyone safe first and foremost, and on supporting students in all countries to achieve the qualifications they need to progress to universities around the world, further education and employment.

This is an unprecedented global situation, with governments applying different local changes, laws and guidelines based on their country’s situation. We understand the different situations that you may be facing, and we will be supporting all our international customers whatever your context.

Where schools are open and a country is deemed safe, exams for iPrimary, iLowerSecondary, International GCSE, and International A Level will take place for students outside of the UK in May and June 2020.

Where schools are closed and public exams are not permitted due to COVID-19, students will have the opportunity to receive a grade for qualifications where an entry has been made. These will be awarded using the same principles as the UK GCSE and GCE A Level which will not have exams in any country in May/June 2020. Further information will be available in the coming days confirming the process to be followed.

Please follow this page for further updates, and thank you for your patience and support in this rapidly changing situation. We hope you and your families keep safe and well.

 

19 March, 11 am CET.

EXAMINATIONS UPDATE:

Dear parents and students,

Please note that the oral exam dates have been changed!

Oral exams for IGCSE French, IAL French and IAL German will be held from 4 May to 8 May,

If you are taking a different oral exam, the exams office will inform you of your exams date.

As of 11 am, Thursday, 19 March, the written May/June international exams are still scheduled to take place on the original dates planned.

Please note that decisions as to the international exams are taken separately from decisions about exams held in the UK. The British government has decided to cancel the May-June Exams in the UK, but this decision does not apply internationally.

We keep in close contact with our examinations board, and will inform you promptly of any changes.

A NOTE REGARDING EXAM INVOICING:

We have had to process an enormous number of changes to exam registrations – both “adds” and “drops” – in recent weeks. We therefore hope that you wIll accept our apologies if any invoices you receive are out of date. Our accountant is working overtime to process these changes, but in the meantime:

Should you receive an out-of-date invoice for examinations, please simply adjust the amount you pay based on what you actually owe and remit this payment by the due date.

We will contact you should we have any questions. This will not occasion any late fees.

In closing:

We thank you very much for your patience in this trying time as we try our hardest to deal with the current challenges and live up to our responsibility to ensure a quality education for all of our students.

We hope all of you stay safe and well.

Kind regards,

Hull’s School


16 March 2020 – Update on remote learning (video) lessons for the time while schools are shut down due to the coronavirus

Dear parents and students,

Thank you for your patience as we do our best to deal with the current trying situation as well as humanly possible.

This message is to confirm that although all Swiss schools are closed at present due to the corona virus, Hull's School lessons will resume according to their scheduled times on Tuesday, 17 Marchat 8:45. Lessons will be given via video conferencing, using the highly regarded Zoom software platform.

If they have not done so already, all Hull's School students should be sure to install Zoom on their computer or tablet today, so that they will be able to participate in all of their lessons, starting tomorrow. Here are the links again, as already sent in our previous email:

For a home computer or laptop, please download Zoom Client for Meetings, from the http://zoom.us website.  For tablets and smartphones, please use the appropriate button below.

Below left: for iPhone and iPad.  Below right: for Android devices

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Sometime this evening, students should check the appropriate Moodle pages for their lessons tomorrow and accept the invitations from their teachers to participate. They will then receive the codes they need in order to log in. Students should make sure to log in promptly for their lessons. We recommend using a computer, laptop or tablet rather than a smartphone, as smartphone displays are too small to read text or clearly see charts, diagrams, etc.

Should students experience any technical difficulties logging in or using Zoom, they should IMMEDIATELY write an email to {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{A20AC92D95D449ABAB57D1C7D0308A7E}. Our tech support will be very glad to respond and offer assistance.

Please note that we will not be able to take attendance for the Zoom lessons. We therefore strongly urge parents and students to take all necessary steps to ensure regular attendance of these vitally important lessons, which students will need in order to prepare effectively for their end-of-year exams.

For parents: please advise your year head of any problems in connection with attendance, or any other problems for that matter, so that we can respond as quickly and effectively as possible. The email addresses for the year heads are as follows:

•    EC1/EC2: Randolph Wagenbrenner: {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{BCE21243D839463A8B252BF62238C581}

•    EC1/EC2: Katja Schreiber: {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{215135FB24CD4D4799E502476A304022}

•    EC3: Jessica Bernatschek: {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{A22BCBE0D1A04A2AB8046DCC0D7ECC11}

•    EC4: Susan Taylor: {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{983B81E94D51437AB118756DBD61682E}

We humbly ask for your support as we do our level best to make all of this work as smoothly and effectively as humanly possible. Working together, we will get through this.

We would also like to remind you at this time that school is closed this Wednesday, 18 March, for our Inset Day and grading meetings, in accordance with the plan already published at the start of this school year. Therefore, no lessons will take place this Wednesday. Zoom lessons will resume on Thursday.

We want our students to succeed, and will do everything in our power to make that happen.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


Dear parents and students,

In accordance with the latest directive from the Swiss Federal Government, Hull's School (and all other schools) will be closed with immediate effect until 4 April 2020, when classes are set to resume. This measure is part of the government's on-going effort to limit the spread of the corona virus as much as possible.

We have devised a contingency plan to enable our students to continue to receive the high quality education you have come to expect from Hull's School, despite the current trying circumstances.

Lessons will be suspended for one day only (next Monday, 16 March) and resume as usual, via remote learning (video conferencing) on Tuesday, 17 March, exactly according to the timetableThe software platform we are using, called Zoom, is a highly regarded tool already in wide use at many educational institutions.  We have integrated Zoom into our virtual learning environment (Moodle), with which the students are already familiar, for ease of student use.

Our teachers will be ready to deliver video lessons on Tuesday, 17 March. We need now to ask our students to do their part by installing Zoom on their home computers, laptops, tablets and/or smart phones by Monday, 16 March at the latest. Ideally, they should use a computer with speakers and a microphone (or a headset). However, it is also possible to watch the lessons on a computer or tablet while listening on the phone. 

While it is possible in principle both to watch and to listen on just a smartphone, we strongly recommend that students watch the lessons on a proper computer screen. Smartphone displays are too small to clearly read text or even clearly see other visual material which will be transmitted.

Students may choose to officially register and sign-in with Zoom, but this is not required. Once the software has been installed on their computer, it is also possible to respond to the teacher's meeting invitation (this will be found on Moodle) simply by entering the meeting number and password provided by the teacher, even without having registered. An official registration may slightly speed up the "join the meeting" process.

For a home computer or laptop, please download Zoom Client for Meetings, from the http://zoom.us website.  For tablets and smart phones, please use the appropriate button below.

Below left: for iphone and ipad.  Below right: for Android devices

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Beginning Monday, 16 March 2020, at 9 am, emails sent to {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{A20AC92D95D449ABAB57D1C7D0308A7E} with any technical questions about installing or using Zoom will be answered by our technical support staff. A FAQ page will also be created.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this difficult situation to the best of our ability. We take our responsibilities as a school very seriously and will continue to do our utmost to insure a quality educational experience for all of our students, regardless of trying circumstances.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


9 March 2020

Recommendations to students particularly at risk from the Coronavirus

Dear Hull's School Parents,

The well-being of the entire Hull's School community remains our top priority.

We continue to monitor the situation with the Coronavirus closely and follow the recommendations of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home.html) and the World Health Organisation (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019).

Therefore, in line with the most recent guidelines issued by the Federal Office of Public Health, we are advising certain students to consider taking special precautions. This advice applies to all students with the following pre-existing conditions:

  • Cancer

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Chronic respiratory disease

  • Diabetes

  • Diseases or treatments that weaken the immune system

  • High Blood Pressure

Students with any of the above conditions are urged to consider whether any of the following steps would be appropriate. While we recommend that you consult with a physician, the school will of course trust your judgment and accommodate any such requests with or without a doctor's note:

  • Avoiding public transport at high-usage times. Should this make it necessary for some early or late lessons to be missed, the school will excuse students for this reason.

  • Suspending participation in extracurricular activities.

  • Working at home rather than at school for some time should this be warranted by the severity of the pre-existing condition. The school will excuse students for this reason.

  • Any other precautionary measures, especially such as are recommended by a physician, which the school can reasonably accommodate.

Whatever you decide, please inform the school office at {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{3D4A2B298B8B40C8B97E414C4B3BB4E7} so that we can respond appropriately, and in particular, avoid marking any students as absent who should be excused.

Should carrying out any of the above measures cause lessons to be missed, you can be sure that all necessary learning materials and information will be posted on our virtual learning website (https://www.hullsvle.ch/moodle/)

We are already in the process of developing procedures to ensure that all of our students will be able to proceed with their studies in an orderly fashion regardless of whatever new measures may become necessary. Like you, we are hoping for the best, but you can be sure that we will respond promptly, appropriately and effectively to any new developments.

We will keep you posted.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


4 March 2020

Dear Parents,

The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority.

Hull's School is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and carefully following the recommendations of the Swiss government Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html and the World Health Organisation World Health Organisation (WHO) https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus. We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation and take all appropriate measures.

We are sorry to inform you that due to the current situation in Europe, Hull's School has decided as a precautionary measure to cancel the following school trips during the month of March.

  • EC1 Zoo trip on Friday 13th March 2020

  • EC2 Physics trip to KKW, Leibstadt on Thursday 12th March 2020

  • EC2 Gruyers trip on Thursday 12th March 2020

  • EC3 Innsbruck on Friday and Saturday 13th/14th March 2020

  • EC3 Munich on Friday and Saturday 13th/14th March 2020

Classes will continue as normal on these days.

Please be assured we are constantly monitoring the situation and will react promptly to any new developments regarding the Coronavirus.

Kind regards,

Hull's School


28 February 2020

Dear Parents,
The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our highest priorities. Therefore, Hull's School is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and carefully following the most recent recommendations of the Swiss government Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html

and the World Health Organisation World Health Organisation (WHO)

https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

Following recent guidance from the Swiss government, Hull's School has updated our policies on this matter.

Effective immediately, students who do not feel well or have been abroad to affected areas are being counseled to stay at home until further notice, as a precautionary measure. Please inform the school office at {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{3D4A2B298B8B40C8B97E414C4B3BB4E7} if your child has been to an affected area in the last two weeks. The incubation period is normally 3 – 7 days, but it can be as long as 14 days.

Next week, there will be a school assembly for each year group, with a presentation followed by a question-and-answer session, led by Dr Margaret Clark, who holds a doctorate in Virology from Harvard University. Dr Clark will also be available for individual consultation with students who desire further information.

Please be assured that we are constantly monitoring the situation and will react promptly to any new developments regarding the Coronavirus.

We will keep you informed.

Kind regards,

Hull's School

 

Robin Hull, Principal

James Cunningham, Vice-Principal

Patrick Durkin, Vice-Principal

Jack Wildemann, Vice-Principal


26 February 2020

Dear Parents,

The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority.

Hull's School is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and carefully following the recommendations of the Swiss government (Federal Office of Public Health, FOPH):

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html

and the World Health Organisation (WHO): https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus

We will continue to keep a close eye on the situation and take all appropriate measures.

We have already taken the following steps:

  • Posters containing information about how students can minimise risk have been put up throughout the school.

  • Hand sanitizers will be placed at all entrances to the school buildings and in all bathrooms.

  • All our teachers and Year heads have been notified about our policy and are advising students on how to minimise risks of infection.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Wash their hands regularly with soap and hot water.

  • Avoid handshakes.

  • Bring their own hand sanitizer and tissues to school.

  • Students who have symptoms such as breathing difficulties, flu-like symptoms, fever or a cough should stay at home and contact their Hausarzt / GP immediately.

Please inform Hull's School of any confirmed cases at {M36F0C8A5513144F0B70D0D9B27CFCF9AO}{3D4A2B298B8B40C8B97E414C4B3BB4E7}

With regard to future Hull's School excursions and events, these will be reviewed as the situation develops. 

For further health questions, please contact BAG, phone 058 463 00 00. or consult their website at 

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/de/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov.html

We will keep you informed.

 

Kind regards,

Hull's School

Robin Hull, Principal

James Cunningham, Vice-Principal

Patrick Durkin, Vice-Principal

Jack Wildemann, Vice-Principal

 

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