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Coronavirus Updates

3 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.






1 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:


 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


20 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.




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.





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 corona virus


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 March, at 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 website.  For tablets and smart phones, please use the appropriate button below.

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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 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:

•    EC1/EC2: Katja Schreiber:

•    EC3: Jessica Bernatschek:

•    EC4: Susan Taylor:


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 timetable. The 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 website.  For tablets and smart phones, please use the appropriate button below.

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Beginning Monday, 16 March 2020, at 9 am, emails sent to 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 ( and the World Health Organisation (

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 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 (

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) and the World Health Organisation World Health Organisation (WHO) 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)

and the World Health Organisation World Health Organisation (WHO)

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 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):

and the World Health Organisation (WHO):

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

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

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