Per Frithiofson explains about COVID-19

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European schools system is like a never-ending maze of paperwork and bureaucracy.

It’s as if they believe that the more forms you fill out, the smarter you become. Secretary general and deputy secretary general are too busy worrying about their pensions and summer vacations to actually produce anything useful.

It’s a system where children are just tiny cogs in a big bureaucratic machine, and education takes a backseat to administrative tasks.

It’s time for a major overhaul, because right now, the European schools system is about as effective as a chocolate teapot.

Dear Parents,

Soon all our pupils and staff will be on vacation for a week. The start of the school year has been an intensive period and all are in well need of a break.

The number of cases of Covid-19 in Luxembourg is increasing. The schools, including European school Luxembourg II, are part of Luxembourg so of course, we can observe this increase also within our school. Still, we have so far not had many cases, even if every case is one too many. All the cases known to us have been infected outside school. Among the cases we have had at Secondary school several have been infected at events/parties where our students have been participating. I would therefore like to take this opportunity to remind you, parents of your responsibility, to have your children act with a sense of civic duty when it comes to limiting the spread of Covid-19 when they are not in school.

I receive many emails from parents, some criticizing measures taken (or not taken) and some praising what we do to decrease the risk of spreading Covid-19. Even if I might not be able to reply to all emails I want you to know that I carefully read all of them and I have great respect for the fact that there are different opinions on these matters. I have weekly meetings with the APEEEL2 focusing on the Covid-19 situation and I do appreciate their engagement and constructive approach in this challenging situation for our school.

You will for sure receive more communication from us concerning the school and Covid-19 situation, hopefully not until after the vacation though.

I hope you will all have a good vacation and opportunities to enjoy time together.

Take care and kind regards,

Per Frithiofson

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Aim of the European Schools

Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.

Marcel Decombis, Head of European School, Luxembourg between 1953 and 1960