Primary schools in West Friesland have not yet undergone self-examinations. This is evident from the NH Nieuws/WEEFF tour. Since Monday, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has been distributing tests to schools in the Netherlands, which can then be distributed to children in groups 6, 7 and 8. Schools are positive about the arrival of these tests, but the responsibility lies with the parents.
“I haven’t had a single test yet,” says school board member John Deckers of Stichting Kopwerk, a university organization of 22 primary schools in the northern part of North Holland. No additional self-tests were delivered to the elementary schools in Horn, which fall under the umbrella of the organizations Stichting Talent and Stichting Penta. Many schools that fall under the current institution have not received notification of first handover.
Elementary schools certainly see a willingness on the part of parents to take advantage of the self-exams, but they assure that the responsibility lies with the parents themselves and that they will not play a role in this. “We are seeing increased testing readiness in schools where infections are increasing,” noted Jia Cobbs, director of the Penta Foundation.
Caroline Snotell, of the Talent Foundation, also emphasizes that self-examination is “a parent’s business.” John Deckers, of Stichting Kopwerk, gives parents the opportunity to indicate through a checklist if and how much self-testing is needed. “But the responsibility lies with the parents.”
The first batch of self-tests – good for two weeks – will in any case be distributed among the last primary schools by Friday at the latest. “Schools receive a message one day in advance that deliveries are coming,” says a spokesperson for the Department of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The second delivery will follow the week before the Christmas holidays.
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