Regarding the start of the new academic year
The Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Instituut are actively committed to avoid the spread of COVID-19. We have formed an internal task force that monitors the situation carefully. We are following GGD guidelines and we closely follow the recommendations of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) about COVID-19. The RIVM monitors the situation in the Netherlands and provides advice.
Please keep your distance (not only at the academy but everywhere) of 1,5 meters to others and stay at home if you or your family / flat mates / close contacts have symptoms. It is crucial that everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 gets tested. This allows for people who have had contact with a person with COVID-19 to be informed as soon as possible. Then, they can take steps to ensure they don’t contribute to the further spread of the virus. Read more information about testing. Please note that you need a citizen service number (BSN) to get tested.
If you have (mild) symptoms of COVID-19, make an appointment to get tested. Call the toll-free number 0800 1202 (or +31 850 659 063 if you're calling from a foreign phone) or make an appointment online using your DigiD (choose 'English' at the bottom of the page). Be sure to have your citizen service number (BSN) at hand.
You can find all relevant updates and/or other measurements that need to be taken on the intranet.
Update 14 October 2020
On 13 October the government announced new measures to control the spread of coronavirus. One of the measures is that face masks will become obligated in public indoor spaces. It was already mandatory to wear a face mask in our academy buildings when moving around and this remains so. All other measures stay in place too; we'll observe the 1.5 meter distance rule, we'll stay home if we develop any symptoms of illness, staff will work from home as much as possible.
Update 1 October 2020
- At the Rietveld Academie it is now mandatory to wear a face mask when moving around in common areas such as hallways, the canteen, elevators, stairways and on the academy grounds (the outside space between het buildings).
- Face masks can be taken off when sitting down in educational spaces, offices, canteen or other working spaces.
- Teachers decide whether face masks must be worn in class
- Workshop managers decide whether face masks must be worn in the workshops
What is the Gerrit Rietveld Academie doing in the light of the COVID-19 crisis?
- We always follow the advice and guidelines of RIVM (The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment), the GGD (Municipal and Regional Health Services), the Ministry of Education (OCW) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- We are doing everything within our reach to ensure that students are able to follow their educational programmes.
- We have set up a set of measures in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, see next question.
- There are various protocols for, for example, working in the workshops and what we do in the event of corona contamination.
- We are in close contact with other universities (of applied arts) to exchange information and touch base about current national developments.
- We actively inform students and staff via the intranet about developments, measures and guidelines.
- We have two Corona Committees, one of Rietveld and one for Sandberg that have an active position in working on questions related to the coronavirus and the education at the academy. They advise the board and keep in touch with the community.
- The academy pays extra attention to the mental wellbeing of students, since these are unprecedented and stressful times. The student counsellor (student counsellor Mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl), student psychologist, Student Council and Unsettling are there to help and support students.
What corona measures are in place at the academy?
- We strictly apply the 1,5 meter of social distancing;
- Always carry a face mask with you when on the academy grounds;
- In common areas (stairways, hallways, canteen) wearing a mouth mask is mandatory because in these spaces the 1.5m distance cannot be guaranteed due to limited space and/or the mobility of people;
- Workshop managers may also impose additional and stricter measures in the use of the workshop;
- Educational departments will decide on additional measures in consultation with students and lecturers;
- The staff works from home as much as possible;
- Follow the instructions from the GGD if you have been in (close) contact with someone that is infected with the coronavirus;
- The rooms and facilities are cleaned regularly;
- Products to clean and disinfect are provided throughout the school;
- There is a protocol for the internal communication in case of a corona infection.
- There are walking routes in the buildings, signage systems, partitions and fenced off areas, so that everyone can keep as much distance and space as possible. Excess furniture has also been removed.
- In person meetings with a maximum of 4 people are allowed if the meeting takes place in a suitable room (40m2 or more). Meetings with 5 people or more take place online.
- Heads of departments, staff and the concierges actively enforce the rules. Everyone is asked to follow their instructions.
- We ask everyone to follow the basic rules:
-- If you have symptoms, get tested as soon as possible and stay at home.
-- Stay 1.5 metres away from other people.
-- Wash your hands often.
-- Cough and sneeze into your elbow.
-- Avoid busy places and travel outside peak hours if possible
What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for who has Covid-19?
Do you fall under one of the following categories?
- Roommates: people who live in the same house.
- Close contacts: people outside the household who have had contact with the infected person for more than 15 minutes and at less than 1.5 m. This category also includes people who have had shorter contact, but who are at high risk; because they have kissed the infected person, for example, or because they have had a cough in their face.
- Other contacts: people who have had contact for more than 15 minutes at a distance of at least 1.5 metres. For example, at work, in the classroom or while exercising.
Precautions for contacts:
- Roommates go into home quarantine for 10 days. They are not allowed to go to work or school, nor are they allowed to receive visitors.
- The close contacts are also urgently advised to stay at home for 10 days.
- The other contacts are advised to abide by the already existing rules and be alert to their health, but do not have to stay at home.
The following applies to all contacts:
do you receive complaints that fit the coronavirus?
Please contact 0800 - 1202 directly to make an appointment for a coronavirus test.
How does the air ventilation system work in the buildings?
In general: The systems draw in outside air, heat or cool it as required, and transport it via a closed duct system to each individual room, via the inflow grilles that you see above your head on the ceiling. The air pressure in the room increases so that air is blown into the corridor via the discharge grilles, often above or below the doors. In this way, each room is completely flushed several times an hour. You can improve the flow by opening your room door, but this is not necessary as long as you don't have a cabinet in front of the discharge grille. The consumed air is sucked in from the corridor and discharged to the outside via a closed duct system.
Rietveld building: This building is refreshed and cooled via the air blown in, heating is provided via the radiators in each room.
Fedlev: This building is refreshed and (partially) heated via the air blown in, there is no cooling present.
Benthem Crouwel Building: This building is refreshed, heated and cooled by the blown in air.
In times of corona, what are tips you can use when it comes to ventilation of rooms and spaces?
The opening of windows and/or doors in the outer facade can do no harm but is not necessary. However, it always has a detrimental effect on the comfort of the room and generates higher energy consumption, but this may be of minor importance at the moment.
What measures will be in place to protect those who are at high risk of serious illness from coronavirus?
If we all observe these measures, we can keep the likelihood of COVID-19 infection at the Academie to a minimum. Since 1 June 2020, that risk has been further reduced by the fact that it is possible to get tested for coronavirus and the public health service (GGD) can do extensive contact tracing. Students who are at high risk can always contact the student counsellor; Mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl. Staff that is at high risk can contact their manager and if needed the company doctor.
Is it a measure that students are required to self-isolate/quarantine before attending the academy or when travelling abroad?
The Rietveld follows the guidelines of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This means that if you come from a country that has an orange or red code, you are asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
Read here more up to date information on travelling to the Netherlands.
In what form will the education take place at the academy at the beginning of the academic year 2020 / 2021?
The start of this academic year might be different than last year’s due to Covid-19 but the base of our school’s aim is intact: it is to help students develop their qualities in preparation of a professional position in art and design. The educational departments and staff are working really hard to ensure that there is as much education as possible while also following guidelines to keep each other safe from infection.
- The study programme will be offered to all students from the start of the study year on, but is subject to the latest national regulations in relation to the development of the coronavirus.
- The educational departments organise the content of the educational programme and the presence of students in their own way. The starting point is that 50% of the number of students of the department may be physically present at the academy at the same time. This is in order to comply with the 1.5m distance measure and limited capacity in the department spaces. Education will be provided as much as possible physically, but partly also remotely.
- Each department has developed its own educational programme within the 1.5m measure. The departments inform their students about this themselves. If you have any questions on this, please contact the heads or assistants of your department.
- Everyone will be able to visit the academy, but not all at the same time due to the 1.5m measure.
- It will also be made possible to work at your studio at the academy. The departments are working on a schedule in order to ensure that the safety measures can be applied but this takes some time.
- All facilities will be available for students but in a more coordinated way.
- Workshops are open but by appointment only. An online booking system to plan an appointment can be found on the intranet.
- The workshops work with a maximum number of students, which are based on size of space, layout, types of techniques and routing and number of workshop managers.
- At some workshops a triage is mandatory.
- In-person activities can only take place in small groups and must be informative in nature.
- Social events are not allowed at the academy until national measures are changed.
- All buildings of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie are open with extended opening hours:
From Monday 7 September 2020: open Monday to Thursday from 7.30am to 9.45pm, Friday from 7.30am to 6pm and Saturday from 9.30am to 6pm.
Opening hours are subject to change. On the one hand because of national restrictions in connection with the Covid-19 outbreak. On the other hand because of educational activities taking place at the academy.
Will there be any financial compensation of a part of the tuition fees for students when classes are given online?
We do understand the difficult financial position you might find yourself in and we try our best to support you in this where we can. A compensation of a part of the tuition fee, however, is not an option. There are a number of reasons for that:
- Requesting and paying the tuition fee is a legal obligation for both the school and the student to make sure that the student may be formally registered as a student. Only when you are formally registered, do you have access to the education and are you allowed to participate in assessments. Since paying the tuition fee is a legal obligation, we are not allowed to make any changes in this as a school. Only the Dutch government can change the laws that are involved here.
- The education that you have registered for is still being provided by the academy.
- The adjusted way of working in education in these unprecedented times, does not necessarily mean that the academy has less expenses than usual. Teachers and staff work very hard, often more hours than they would normally do, to teach you, to keep in touch with you and the other staff, to find new solutions for this new situation and to keep you informed about those solutions. Everyone is still available to support you in this situation: teachers, but also workshop staff that can assist you from a distance, the student counsellor that can help you with personal problems, the student psychologist, all support staff of student administration, ICT helpdesk etc. etc.
How will the introduction programme take place?
9 September marks the start of the programme for bachelor students at the academy. Sandberg students will start on September 15 in a students-for-students programme, the general Sandberg introduction takes place on September 23 and the departments will inform their students about the departmental introductions.
Driven by earlier corona guidelines large(r)-scaled initiatives were no longer scheduled. All of these small-scaled initiatives will be organised based upon the latest guidelines: informative of nature and with respect to the 1,5m distancing. Rietveld students will be informed by the Basicyear department about their introduction programme and Sandberg students will receive more information from their department.
Will there be the option to defer for students who can't attend for any reason, including restrictions on travel or not feeling safe because of health reasons?
In the Students’ Charter the regulations regarding study interruption are laid down as follows and apply to students that are in their 2nd year or higher:
3.7 Interrupting a course of study
In the event that a student is forced to interrupt his/her study in the course of the year, the following procedure shall apply:
• The student notifies his/her Head of the department of the interruption.
• The student cancels his/her registration with the Student Administration Office.
• Student reregisters with his/her Head of the department and the Student Administration Office no later than the May prior to the academic year in which he/she expects to continue his/her course of study.
If the interruption has lasted no longer than a year, the student will be able to resume his/her studies without any further requirements being imposed. If the interruption has lasted more than one year, the student will be required to re-sit the entrance examination.
For newly admitted students the following regulations apply:
In principle, candidates applying for 2020-2021, are accepted for the year 2020-2021. We only have a limited number of study places available, so students cannot just decide to postpone the start of their studies.
Only in case of sudden, unexpected circumstances, which make it impossible for admitted students to start their studies in September (such as travel restrictions due to coronavirus, a sudden illness/medical treatment, a death in the family), can they get deferral of studies for 1 year only.
To be eligible for deferral, admitted students must send a deferral request, in which they explain the specific reasons for their request (a description like ‘due to circumstances’, is not specific enough en will not be considered).
You can send your request to our Admissions Office, attn. Admission Board, to apply[at]rietveldacademie.nl .
Are there any possibilities for financial support?
Students from the EER can contact DUO to get help.
If you have problems with paying tuition fee instalments, you can contact the student counsellor Mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl
Students from outside the EER and students that encounter financial problems that affect you personally, please contact the student counsellor: mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
We follow national legislation and agreements on tuition fees within Dutch higher education. Of course we are dependent on the ministry's decisions on these and other topics. You might want to lobby on this topic with the national student union.
Where can I find more information about online collaboration / working from home?
Some options to work or teach from home are to work in Teams and set up a Video-Meeting. All instructions can be found on the intranet. Should you encounter technical problems, please contact helpdesk[at]rietveldacademie.nl.
How will the Gerrit Rietveld Academie inform me about changes in the guidelines?
We inform students and staff about major changes via the website, intranet and by email. We will contact you via your Rietveld mail address.
How to use your Rietveld mail address: Follow step 1, 2, 3 and a bit of 4 of this manual. If you have never accessed your Rietveld account before, contact the IT-helpdesk and make sure you have your student number ready: T + 31 20 5711 606 or helpdesk[at]rietveldacademie.nl
Where can I find reliable English information on the coronavirus and measures taken in the Netherlands?
Official information in English can be found here:
WHO (World Health Organisation)
Ministry of Education (OCW)
NOS in English, a Facebook group that translates Dutch news items into English
Who can I address at the academy with questions or concerns?
If you have any practical questions regarding the taken measures, please e-mail: infocoronavirus[at]rietveldacademie.nl
If you have questions about what to do in case of a corona infection, please contact: Arnoud.kortenbout[at]rietveldacademie.nl
Should you encounter personal problems, you can contact the student counsellor: mirjam.mazurel[at]rietveldacademie.nl
We've added information about the role and the list of members of the Rietveld Corona Team in the FAQ on the intranet.
What are the preparations in case there is a second wave of coronavirus?
The academy is obliged to follow national guidelines, also when a second wave arrives. The educational departments are prepared to change their programme into online education.
You can find all relevant updates and/or other measurements that need to be taken on the intranet.