10. April 2020

How students finish the semester is being planned

How students finish the semester is being planned

Dear students

Now the first school week after Easter break has passed.  At a press conference on Tuesday, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Justice in Iceland, introduced steps to lift the restrictions currently in place in Iceland due to the COVID-19 outbreak. You can read more about that here https://www.government.is/news/article/2020/04/14/Restrictions-to-be-gradually-lifted-starting-4-May-/.  While we are still waiting for the official ministerial decision on the matter which is expected in the next days we are starting to plan how we can take in students that need to finish vocational studies at school from the 4th of May. The decision to complete all courses that we can remotely, including all general subjects (e.g. Icelandic, math, languages), computer courses and drawing courses, remains unchanged.

School directors and teachers are now working hard on planning how students that need to complete vocational parts of their courses can come to school in May.  The plan is of course done in accordance with strict measures regarding number of students in one space, two meter rule, frequent sanitizing etc..  If all goes as planned the students that need to complete vocational parts of their courses will get a new timetable that will be valid from the 4th of May which will tell when they need to be at school.  The time can vary from a few hours for one day up to several days ,all depending on the number and types of vocational courses they are taking.  It looks like we will be able to complete most of the vocational courses in two weeks starting 4th of May. This means that the presentation of course results (einkunnabirting) will be delayed by a few days and the same goes about the graduation.  We can unfortunately not provide more detailed information at the moment but we should be able to do so by the end of next week.   Then we will hopefully have a new date for the graduation and some idea about how it will be implemented.

The past weeks have been hard for most of us – both students and staff.  You have showed great resilience and many of you have done really well but we have the final sprint ahead of us.  Don’t give up!  I encourage you to work hard on your studies for the next weeks.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  We will do our best to support you and I want to remind you of our support services that you will find information about here: https://en.tskoli.is/frettir/support-services/

Best regards,

Hildur principal