06. January 2021

January 6th – Letter from the principal

Dear students and parents/guardians

First day of classes in Technical College Reykjavik will be tomorrow, Thursday January 7th. Hopefully you have had a chance to look at your timetables in Inna. This semester will be split into two parts, called spannir.

In light of recent changes in the disease prevention rules that went into effect on January 1st we will now be able to offer more classes in school. Not all classes will be organised in the same way but every effort will be made to have as much teaching in school as possible. Vocational courses will be taught mostly in school but academic courses may be taught in school or in a combination of in school and distance classes, a few courses will be completely organized as distance classes. Please note that this may change according to how the COVID situation develops.

Teachers will put an announcement on Inna regarding the beginning of their classes with information about whether the class will be taught in school or on Teams. All announcements should be on Inna before classes start tomorrow but if you need further information regarding any class please contact the teacher of that class directly.

The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our top priority and the school is mindful of disease prevention rules currently in effect in all decisions made regarding the organisation of classes. We place great importance on disease prevention in our school buildings and urge you to be mindful of your own personal protective measures. Masks are mandatory in all school buildings and you should always use hand sanitizer when entering a school building or a new area of the school. We also ask students to sanitize their desks before and after class. Gatherings are restricted to 30 at most and it is important to avoid forming groups. The cafeteria will be closed until further notice so we recommend bringing packed lunches which can be eaten in classrooms. Please do not come to school if you are in isolation, quarantine or have any flu-like symptoms that could indicate a COVID infection.

Please see this site for information and instructions regarding distance learning. We would also like to bring your attention to our support services: student counsellors and the school psychologist.

These first few days will probably be a bit confusing, the school is large and we teach many different subjects that can be tricky to organize around the current restrictions. Despite this we will do our best and make sure that everyone gets a good and safe start to their studies this semester.

Best regards,
Hildur principal and Guðrún vice principal