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Daycare and school

Read about how the situation is affecting daycare and schools in the City of Copenhagen.

Last updated 22 December 2021

Grades 0−10

Pupils in grades 0−10 will be sent home for remote online learning from Wednesday, 15 December, until, and including, Tuesday, 4 January. Remote learning is offered for all grades on days when pupils would normally be in school. Pupils will receive information about the remote instruction from their school.

After school care and youth centres are closed during the same period, but provisional care is available for pupils in grades 0−4 on days when the after school care programmes would normally be open.

The school closures do not apply to pupils with special needs or to pupils in special schools and special classes, and they have not been sent home.

Covid-19 testing is still available to children attending school.

At school pupils will be separated − to the extent possible − to avoid that different classes are taught or spend breaks together. After school care and youth centres should also, as far as possible, keep children in regular groups that do not have activities together. In addition, the recommendation is to cancel major social events with students from other classes.

All pupils from grade 1 and up are encouraged to take a COVID-19 test twice a week. Read more on this page about the offer of rapid tests for students.

Parents and visitors must wear a face mask inside schools.

Childcare

Nurseries, kindergartens and other daycare centres are open as usual but children will have to stay in their separate facility or group as far as possible. We also ask parents to drop off and pick up children outside.

Parents and visitors must wear a face mask inside care facilities.

If your child shows symptoms

Both children and adults must stay at home if they have symptoms of COVID-19. If a child is infected with COVID-19, it is important to inform the school or the daycare institution and to stay at home. Find out more at the Danish Health Authority: Hvis du får symptomer på COVID-19 and Særligt om børn og COVID-19 (both in Danish only).

If you have any questions, you can contact Coronahotline for infection detection. You can find contact details at Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed (in Danish).

If your child is a close contact

If you, or your child, have been in close contact with an infected person, the guide below can help you with how to proceed.

Read more about being a close contact at coronamitte.dk

Face masks and hygeine

Must children and employees wear face masks when travelling by public transport?

Yes. The requirement to wear a face mask applies to all employees and children who have reached the age of 12. The face mask must be worn during transport and at the station/platform. The face mask can be removed when eating or drinking.

If the school or institution is travelling by public transport, face masks will be provided by the school/institution.

Parents must supply a face mask for their child when travelling by public transport to and from day care or school.

The use of a face mask also applies to transportation of closed groups, such as the transportation of pupils to and from special school facilities.

Will there be extra cleaning?

Yes. 25 percent more time has been allocated to cleaning in order to uphold The Danish Health Authority’s guidelines.

Extra attention is given to hand washing, cleaning and wiping off toys and surfaces, as well as to ventilation.

Infection and infection prevention

Can my child show up with a runny nose?

It will always be an individual assessment of whether the child can show up or not. The child may show up to school or their institution once the child is well and can actively participate in the day’s activities with the other children.

According to the Danish Health Authority, a runny or a stuffy nose with no other symptoms is not typical of COVID-19. However, these might be signs of other infections and if it is affecting the child’s condition then he or she should stay at home.

You can read more about the symptoms of COVID-19 here (in Danish).

Can children in at-risk groups show up?

If your child is at special risk for getting seriously ill and you do not feel safe sending them to school or their institution, then you should contact your doctor.

Read more at this website (in Danish).

Is there a requirement for corona passport in schools and institutions?

Yes, in the City of Copenhagen, it is requiered that employees have a valid corona passport when they work at the municipality's schools and institutions. The requirement also applies in self-governing institutions.

Parents and children do not need corona passports to attend schools and institutions.

Daily life when children are sent home

Who is eligible for childcare when children are sent home?

Provisional childcare is an offer to families with children in grades 0–4 when children have been sent home because of school closings. Each family should assess on their own whether they have a need for provisional care.

What happens with teaching and learning when pupils are sent home?

Pupils will receive online learning at home on normal school days. Schools will communicate via Aula how individual classes will be organized. You can always contact your child’s teachers if you have questions in relation to teaching and learning.

Is participation in remote learning required when pupils are sent home?

Yes. Active participation in remote learning provided by the school is required of pupils and pupils must complete all work that teachers ask of them. If you, or your child, have questions about the lessons, you can always contact the teacher for help.

What do I do if my child becomes ill and is unable to participate in the remote learning?

If you are sick and cannot take part in the remote online learning, you must let the school know through the normal channels you use to notify the school of illness.

CONTACT

Børne- og Ungdomsforvaltningen

Rådhuspladsen 1

1550 København V

Office opening hours

Monday

09:00 - 15:00

Tuesday

09:00 - 15:00

Wednesday

09:00 - 15:00

Thursday

09:00 - 15:00

Friday

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