Coronavirus updates

Protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19

Corona House Rules - KABK

Last update 16 September

The Dutch government has taken further steps to ease the COVID-19 measures for higher education.

The lifted measures, which will take effect on 25 September, consist of:

  • Dropping the group size limit of 75 students (applies to all activities within the academy building)
  • Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in the academy (with the exception of the workshops until 5 November)*

The following measures, however, remain in effect:

  • Basic hygiene and health measures remain in place (e.g. washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, sneezing and coughing in your elbow, staying at home in case of symptoms, getting yourself tested and complying with the quarantine regulations).
  • Advice to do a self-test twice per week; You can pick up free self-tests at the rental, or you can order free self-tests via zelftestonderwijs.nl.
  • Make sure the spaces are well ventilated; please open a window where possible.
  • Respect others who want to wear face masks and/or maintain 1,5m distance.
  • * Workshops: The current measures that apply in the workshops will remain in force during the 1st block of this semester (the 1st block ends on Friday 5 November): If you can keep 1.5 meters distance from others, a face mask is not mandatory. If this is not possible, you must wear a face mask. You must also register in advance for all workshops.
  • Working from home advice for staff: Continue with working from home and come to the academy only when necessary. Make arrangements about this with the head of your department to arrange who works where and when.

Since the start of the academic year, the number of infections in the academy remained luckily very low; let us all aim for keeping it low. Find relevant FAQ’s on the KABK portal.

Past updates

You have not been vaccinated yet, but would like to do so?

In addition to Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Hague University of Applied Science has now also set up a vaccination centre in collaboration with the GGD, at the following address: Johanna Westerdijkplein 75.

On Tuesday 14 and 21 September, students and staff of KABK can drop by without appointment (and without a BSN number) between 10.00-16.00 at Johanna Westerdijkplein 75.
Do not forget to bring your ID and face mask!

More vaccination options

Together with the GGD, Inholland University of Applied Sciences has set up a vaccination station in their restaurant at Theresiastraat 8. And here is the good news: it's also open to non-Inholland students and staff. So you are welcome to come and get vaccinated!

It's a free walk-in, so you do not have to make an appointment and you do not need a BSN number, but you do need a student ID card. Both Janssen and Pfizer vaccines will be available.

The dates and times are as follows:
Monday 6 September 10.00 - 16.00 hrs

Thursday 9 September 10.00 - 16.00 hrs

Location: Theresiastraat 8, The Hague (approx 25min walk from KABK)

If you are not able to go on one of these dates, you still have the option to make an appointment via www.planjeprik.nl or get vaccinated without an appointment at a number of GGD locations, which you can find on www.prikkenzonderafspraak.nl. Please note that you will need a BSN number for vaccination for these options (you will receive this when you register with the municipality).

Start of the new academic year

Following the press conference on the Covid-19 situation held by demissionary Prime Minister Rutte on 13 August, we would like to give you the following update.

1.5m distance
From Monday 30 August, the 1.5m distance for universities of applied sciences will be lifted. This means that no 1,5m distance needs to be kept within the academy, except for the workshops where it’s not possible to keep the 1,5m distance. This applies to both students, teachers, and staff. Remember to keep the 1.5 metres distance outside the academy.

In order to responsibly release the 1.5m distance as of 30 August, the following Covid-19 measures are set by the Dutch government:

  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory
    • when walking through the building,
    • when 1,5m distance cannot be kept in the workshops.
  • Urgent advice to take a self-test at least twice a week before coming to the academy. You can order FREE self-tests via https://www.zelftestonderwijs.nl.
  • Disinfect your hands regularly and sneeze or cough into your elbow.
  • Ventilation is very important; open a window where possible.
  • Stay home if you have symptoms -- regardless of whether you have been vaccinated -- and get tested. Do not come to the academy.
    Not sure if you can come to the academy? Consult the KABK Flowchart 'Can I Come to the Academy?
  • Working from home advice for staff: We follow the national advice for home working from the Dutch government, please contact your head of the department to arrange who works where and when.

In addition, the academy has drawn up a certain set of measures:

  • Do you live within 8km of the academy? Then come by bike to minimise the burden on public transport.
  • The workshops are an exception within the building: If you can keep 1.5 meters distance from others, a face mask is not mandatory. If this is not possible, you must wear a face mask. You must also register in advance for all workshops.
  • Two hostesses will be present at the main entrance to inform you about the above-mentioned rules, they will also walk around in the building to observe the measures.

Schedules
Of course we are very happy about the dismissal of the 1,5 m distance, which means that we can have more people in our building. But we do need time to adjust all schedules to this. We will scale up the timetables in phases. For now, we will start with 50% online and 50% offline classes as already planned in your schedule. As soon as this changes, you will be informed by your own department.

Vaccination
Haven't been able to get vaccinated yet? Make an appointment via www.planjeprik.nl or get vaccinated without an appointment at a number of GGD locations that can be found on www.prikkenzonderafspraak.nl.

Please note that you need a BSN number for vaccination (you will receive this when registering with the municipality)

Please stick to the Covid-19 measures and keep looking out for each other.

Travel advice and next update in mid-August

Travelling abroad:
The increased infection rate in the Netherlands could have consequences for travelling abroad. Other countries may impose extra measures on Dutch tourists because they view the Netherlands’ increased infection rate as a cause for concern.

Each country can set its own requirements, so you should always check the latest travel advice before you leave on www.wijsopreis.nl (available in Dutch only). Don't just look at the color coding of your destination: read the travel advice in full.

Travelling to The Netherlands from abroad:
Read this checklist for entering or returning to The Netherlands from abroad and do the Quarantine Travel Check.

On this website by the Dutch Government, you will find all relevant information about the mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the Netherlands.

Basic rules for everyone are important at all times
It is important that everyone sticks to the basic rules. Even those who have already been vaccinated.

  • Keep 1.5 meters distance from other people.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and regularly.
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
  • Don’t shake hands with others.
  • If you have symptoms, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible.

Wearing a facemask is mandatory at the KABK

There were no new measures announced at today's press conference that would jeopardise the running of the Graduation Show. Nevertheless, the sharp increase in infections is alarming.

Due to the strong increase in infections and because it is difficult to keep a safe distance in many places, wearing a facemask is mandatory at the KABK from tomorrow, 10 July.

From 26 June, the Dutch government sets the Step 4 of the reopening plan | Coronavirus COVID-19 in action.

For the KABK this means:

  • The 1.5-metre distancing rule remains the norm everywhere.
  • The basic hygiene rules remain important. Wash your hands regularly. Cough and sneeze into your elbow. In case of symptoms stay at home and get tested.
  • The requirement to wear a face mask will no longer apply unless the 1.5-metre distancing can not be kept.

Information for KABK students, teachers, and staff can be found on the KABK Portal.

Coronavirus self-tests

The Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science is providing self-tests to encourage students and staff of educational institutions to test themselves for the Coronavirus.

Information for KABK students, teachers, and staff on how to obtain a self-test can be found on the KABK Portal.

Curfew lifted

The curfew will be lifted at 4:30 on 28 April 2021.
We are happy to announce that the Academy will resume its regular opening hours from Wednesday 28 April.

Curfew extended and as of 31 March, the curfew will start one hour later, at 22.00 instead of at 21.00.

The night-time curfew applies throughout the Netherlands and means that you must stay inside from 22.00 to 04.30. For more information about the curfew and other corona measures, please consult the government website: https://www.government.nl

For us, this means that the building will be closed at 20.30 as of April 6. In order for everyone to be able to be home before 22.00. Most workshops will close at 20.00 but there will be exceptions. You can find a link to the actual opening hours of each workshop via the portal and at each workshop entrance.
Please note that classes scheduled after 20.30 cannot take place in the building, or at external locations. Your department will inform you of any changes to your timetable.

Curfew extended to Wednesday 31 March

For the academy this means that we will close the building at 19.30 hrs.
The measures announced in our previous updates regarding the curfew are still valid.

As soon as the curfew is lifted nationwide, we will resume our regular opening hours.

Curfew extended to Monday 15 March

The Dutch government has decided to extend the curfew until Monday 15 March. The curfew means that it is not allowed to be outside between 21:00 and 4:30. For more information about the curfew, please consult the government website www.rijksoverheid.nl (English version: www.government.nl).

The number of corona infections is increasing again nationwide. From the point of view of staff and student safety, we are therefore not making use of the government's exception regarding the curfew for practical education. The academy building will close at 19.30 hrs during week days. As soon as the curfew is lifted nationwide, we will resume our regular opening hours.

Curfew extended to Wednesday 3 March (Dutch government website).

For the academy this means that we will close the building at 19.30 hrs.
The measures announced in our update of 21 January 2021 are still valid.

Today, the Dutch government announced that a curfew will be imposed from Saturday 23 January until at least Tuesday 9 February. The curfew means that it is not allowed to be outside the house between 21.00 and 4.30. For more information about the curfew, please consult the government website www.rijksoverheid.nl

For the academy this means that we will close the building at 19.30 hrs. That way, everyone can be home before 21.00 hrs. If you need more time to get home, you should leave the academy earlier.

Most workshops will close at 19.00 hrs but there will be exceptions. You can find the opening hours per workshop on the portal and also at each workshop entrance. Education scheduled after 19.30 hrs cannot take place in the building (or other temporarily hired locations). Your department will inform you of any changes to the timetable.

Have you been abroad? Please pay attention to the corona rules:

  1. A negative PCR-test declaration is as of now mandatory for all international air travel to the Netherlands.
  2. Self-quarantine for a period of 10 days is strongly advised by the Dutch government. As an Academy we take this very seriously and require this. So stay at home for 10 days if you have been abroad!

The negative test required for boarding is not a substitute or self-quarantining on arrival.

So, protect yourself, your fellow students, teachers and staff of the KABK.

More information? Check the website of the Dutch Government

Yesterday evening, the government announced that the Netherlands will go into lockdown until at least Tuesday 19 January 2021. Exceptions have been formulated. Practical education and on-site assessments and examinations are among these exceptions.

Art education is practical education, and we will therefore remain open.

This means that we do not have to make any further adjustments to the education, we will continue with the timetables based on a maximum of 50% of the students in the building. Assessments and exams can also continue in the building. Of course, taking into account the 1 ½ meter distance - even when wearing a face mask- and the maximum number of people indicated at the door of the education room.

The workshops and rental remain open (with the exception of the Christmas holidays).

There is a change in force for the use of the library. Please book by telephone or online. The books can be picked up and returned to the library.

The canteen remains open (with the exception of the Christmas holidays).

Supporting staff will work at home as much as possible. Consult with your supervisor if you have reasons to prefer to work at the academy.

Travel to and from the academy by staff, lecturers and students is considered a necessary journey and is therefore permitted. Within a radius of 8 kilometers, everyone is expected to come by bike, scooter or on foot, for example, and not to use public transport.

Rules on maximum group size do not apply to permitted educational activities. In the building, the maximum number stated at the door of the classroom applies.

Staff members with child(ren) who make use of daycare center are allowed to report that they are engaged in a crucial profession and can therefore make use of the daycare center facility.

The planned extra opening during the Christmas holidays will continue: on Saturday 19, Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 December the building will be open from 10-17 hours for self-study. The workshops, rental, library and canteen will be closed on these days.

It is strongly advised not to travel abroad, and strict rules apply to travelling to the Netherlands. In case of necessary travel, please check the website of the Dutch government.

The basic rules of among others, keeping 1.5 metres distance, washing hands often, staying at home in case of symptoms, and getting tested still apply.

Press conference on 13 October: face masks

Higher education is also subject to a face mask requirement outside the classrooms. Wearing face masks is mandatory as of Friday October 16, 2020 at the KABK when you walk through the building and in the workshops, library and rental. Only in classrooms and offices and when sitting in the canteen, wearing a face mask is not mandatory.

As of the 17th of September, classes will start again at the KABK. There is a maximum of 50% of the students per department in the building at the same time. This means that when students have classes at the academy, they can spend that whole day within the building and make use of the workshops. On days students have no classes they do not come to the building and cannot use the workshops.

Information from the Dutch government and the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) is published here.

Note: Updates on the start of the school year, introduction days and Corona related news are reported directly to students, staff and prospective students. Detailed information for students and staff is available through the KABK portal.

September 1st marks the start of the introduction programme for new students at the KABK. Anticipating the government restrictions regarding COVID-19, large group activities are not included in this programme. All organised physical events are of an informative nature​. Detailed information is shared with the students via the KABK portal.

The KABK follows the travel advice of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is published here.

Information from the Dutch government and the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) is published here.

Extended use of facilities for KABK Graduates

As of today, graduates at the KABK can make use of the facilities and workshops in the building. For the time being, it is not permitted in the Netherlands to provide or follow education at higher education institutions, but the use of facilities is subject to restrictions. For this reason, students who wish to do so may have access to studio space and work in the textile, wood and metal workshops, among other places. They can also borrow books from the library and the lending and shop are (limited) open.

The necessary precautions have been taken so that students and staff can do their work safely. Students must register if they want to enter the building, the canteen is closed and group formation is not allowed. The academy building is provided with shielding material and tape to mark workplaces and walking routes. The examination of the work takes place online, which means that all students who graduate in the academic year 2019-2020 will present their work online to the assessment committee before the summer.

The final exam exhibition will take place after the summer holidays in the academy building, and will be accompanied by a graduation catalogue and PR campaign. Work by students who are not (or cannot be) present at that time will also be exhibited in an appropriate manner.

As from today, students can apply to the university for financial support to compensate for the loss of income due to the corona crisis which cannot be recouped with an extra loan from DUO or under other schemes arranged by the government or the municipality.

Online education until 1 June 2020

The University of The Arts The Hague has decided to extend the period for (solely) providing online education from 6 April to 1 June. By extending the term for offering online education only, we strive to provide more clarity for both students and staff. Further details will be shared directly with students and staff.

The Dutch Government has just reported that the measures surrounding the control of the Coronavirus have been tightened up. All school buildings for childcare, primary, secondary, higher and university education will be closed until Monday 6 April. Restaurants and sport facilities will also be closed until 6 April.

This means the following for students and staff of the KABK:

  • The academy building will be closed from Tuesday 17 March until Monday 6 April.
    That includes the workshops, the shop and the canteen
  • Education only takes place remotely
  • As of the afternoon of 16 March you can contact us by e-mail only.

PLEASE NOTE:
Tomorrow, Monday, March 16 from 9.00-18.00, there is an opportunity to pick up stuff or work from the academy premises.
Reception, Rental and Workshop staff are present for assistance.

How the Coronavirus affects education and admissions at the KABK.

Following the measures of the Dutch government, as communicated yesterday, we have listed the most relevant topics below. The measures are valid until at least 31 March.

Application Procedure - Applying to the KABK?

  • We will either conduct interviews with applicants via Skype/Facetime or postpone to another date
  • All applicants will be informed via email

Building Opening Hours – Is the Academy closed?

  • The building and the workshops will remain open Monday – Friday from 9.00 till 18.00
  • From 9.00 – 18.00 we host Consultation Hours @Gipsenzaal if you have any questions, please stop by
  • Saturday 14 March, 21 March and 28 March the building is closed

Education - What will happen with my classes, are the studios and workshops open?

  • There are no classes in the KABK building, only remotely, at least until 31 March 2020
  • The Cabinet measure does not apply to primary and secondary education. The School for Young Talent will simply carry out its teaching programme
  • Our range of courses, such as Kidsclub and preparatory year, will be discontinued until further notice
  • Students will be further informed by their departments via email
  • Workshops and studios are open during the opening hours of the building, workshop staff will remain available

Events and study trips

  • Various events, such as the international Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language and Democracy "Who Speaks", have been cancelled or postponed until further notice
  • All study trips have been cancelled, this will be communicated to students and external partners

Not feeling well or concerned about friends/family?

Exchange/internship – What about my exchange/ internship?

  • Students who are going abroad on internship or Exchange and are not there yet, are not allowed to travel to their internship or Exchange location
  • Students who are currently abroad can stay there, and follow the local rules and regulations
  • For questions, mail to: exchange@kabk.nl

The government has just asked the universities of applied sciences and universities to stop offering education in our buildings immediately, and where possible to replace it with distance education.

The Executive Board of the University of the Arts has decided to follow this call. However, the building and the workshops will remain open and staff will remain available! Students will be further informed by their departments.

The Cabinet measure does not apply to primary and secondary education. The School for Young Talent will simply carry out its teaching programme.

Our range of courses, such as Kidsclub and preparatory year, will be discontinued until further notice.

Further details will follow on Friday March 13, about the use of the workshops and other non-classical activities.

All classes are cancelled, assuming that this applies until at least April 1st. The KABK is investigating ways to set up the education remotely.

Cases of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease Covid-19) have now been confirmed in the Netherlands. As an international institution with a strong international population, the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) strives to act responsibly in order to protect our students, staff, guests and prospective students. The KABK is following the guidance of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the information from comparable institutions abroad.

Cancellation
The international Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Language and Democracy "Who Speaks", that was planned to take place on March 18, has been postponed to the early Fall of 2020.

Please do not shake hands
On behalf of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) the existing hygiene measures at the Royal Academy of Art are expanded with an additional precaution, namely that we ask everyone not to shake hands.

Advice for residents of Noord-Brabant
The RIVM advises residents of the province of Noord-Brabant to limit their social contacts if they are suffering from a cold, cough or fever. This means: stay at home. This also applies to students and staff from the Royal Academy of Art who live in Noord-Brabant.

Application procedure
Application interviews with students from high risk areas (orange and red zones) will only take place via multimedia channels. Applicants will be personally informed about this procedure. This concerns the following countries:

  • China (including: Macau en Hongkong)
  • Zuid-Korea
  • Iran
  • Italië

Travel advice for students: rules tightened
The Royal Academy of Art has tightened its rules for staff and students who are planning a trip abroad. This could mean study trips or trips for a course, workgroup or exhibition. The information below does not apply to personal trips that staff and students are planning.

  • Staff members and students are not allowed to travel to areas that have been designated as orange or red zones in the travel advice issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (this is standard procedure). Since 10 March, the whole of Italy has been designated as either a red or an orange zone.
  • Staff members and students who are already abroad may find that the travel advice for that country has changed. If that is the case, please contact the head of your department or coordinator. If the travel advice changes to orange or red, you will be repatriated to the Netherlands. Upon your return, the RIVM guidelines apply: if you experience even the mildest of symptoms, call your doctor or the local branch of the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD). If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00.
    If the travel advice changes to yellow, a decision will be taken on whether it is advisable for you to return to the Netherlands. It is important that you do not have any symptoms at the moment you return to the Netherlands. If you are experiencing symptoms, a doctor or the GGD will be consulted for advice.

Infection prevention
The Royal Academy of Art advises basic hygiene practices to prevent the spread of infection. These are:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
  • Stay at home if you are sick.

If you have traveled to an area with coronavirus in the last 14 days, or you have been in contact with a confirmed Covid-19 patient, and you feel unwell (even mild health problems), the advice is:

  • Stay at home; do not travel if you are ill.
  • Staff members report to their supervisor and P&O (070-3154772).
  • Students report to their department head or coördinator.

If your symptoms worsen, respiratory symptoms in particular:

  • Call your doctor and tell them about your recent trip and symptoms. If you do not have a doctor here, call the Municipal Public Health Service (GGD) instead. If you live in The Hague, this is GGD Haaglanden at 088 355 01 00. Avoid contact with others. If you are not registered with a doctor, get in contact with our Student Counselor for guidance.

For more information see the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment(RIVM) website.

As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current Corona epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and ask our staff, students and application candidates to help us do so. This influences the enrolment procedure in the following way:

In order to avoid unnecessary travel, applicants now living in high risk areas are offered alternative channels for the application process. Interviews will only run via Skype or Facetime until further notice. These applicants will be contacted by the Student Administration.

At the moment, high risk areas are the following:

China, South-Korea, Iran, Singapore and the following regions in Northern Italy: Aosta-valley, Piëmonte, Lombardy, Trentino-south-Tirol, Friuli-Julisch-Venice, Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Liguria.

We ask students, teachers and staff to cancel any plans to travel to high risk areas until further notice.

Further information and FAQ’s are published on the website of the RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment).

Please note that the KABK follows the recommendations of the RIVM (the Dutch National Institute for Health and Environment) and the government about the Coronavirus. The KABK will update students, staff and applicants when necessary.

Sources of information:

As you may be aware, China and other countries around the world are working to contain the spread of a newly detected Coronavirus. As an educational institution with a strong international population, we are aware that the current epidemic is also our concern. We strive to act responsibly and ask our staff, students and application candidates to help us do so.

Therefore we take the following measures:

In order to avoid unnecessary travel, applicants now living in China are offered alternative channels for the application process. Interviews will only run via Skype or Facetime until further notice. These applicants will be contacted by the Student Administration.

We ask students, teachers and staff to cancel any plans to travel to China until further notice.

For those who have recently been to China, we request you to not come to the academy for up to two weeks from the date of your return and stay at home as much as possible.

Further information and FAQ’s are published on the website of the RIVM.

Frequently asked questions

The information provided in these updates can also be found in the section Coronavirus information & FAQs

KABK students and staff can also find the latest information in the weekly updates they receive via e-mail and on the KABK portal.

Do you work or study at KABK?
Please find detailed information on portal.kabk.nl

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