Based on the latest political negotiations on coronavirus, the Danish folk high schools can reopen from May 27th. The situation is constantly evolving, so stay tuned here.
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Danish folk high schools are closed up to and including May 27, 2020.
This is an unknown situation for all of us and we do not have all the answers. Principally you find your way through this strange time locally in dialogue with the individual folk high schools.
On this site you will find general questions and answers related to the actions due to Corona measures. Also keep updated on the situation here:
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Updated 27th of May
The folk high schools can now reopen from May 27 - contact the individual folk high school
The government announced on May 7 that the folk high schools are part of the third phase and therefore could open from June 8. The third phase is now advanced for many. Including the folk high schools, whom can reopen from May 27.
The schools have different solutions, so contact each school to know how they handle their courses.
The Ministry of Culture has announced the guidelines for reopening and now the folk high schools are working hard to get ready to receive students again.
Wednesday evening the 11th of March the Danish Government announced the closure of daycares, schools, universities and public workplaces.
This means that students were sent home during this period.
For boarding school students, it must be agreed locally which students can stay at the school until the school reopens. This might include students that the school does not know where else to send. E.g. it could be international students or students with no other home.
Updated May 26
It is the Ministry of Culture that sets the framework for how to uphold folk high school activities while at the same time taking into account infection and health.
The Ministry writes in the reopening guidelines that teaching at folk high schools should take place preferably physical at the school. Schools must continue to take health considerations into the organization of teaching to prevent the spread of infection. However, the teaching must as far as possible comply with the usual academic requirements. For health professional recommendations, there may be some changes in weekly hours and physical presence.
That is why the folk high schools are now preparing to teach in new ways, with distance, higher hygiene requirements, handling infection risk and more.
Yes, persons who are to attend a folk high school program in Denmark is on the Danish police list of persons with a worthy purpose.
Many have an opinion on whether it is justifiable to have courses at the folk high schools or not. The health authorities believe that it is safe to reopen the folk high schools from May 27.
In the guidelines for reopening the folk high schools is says that the folk high schools is divided into family groups and that special rules apply to those.
You will be instructed both before the course and when you arrive to the folk high school. And we hope, of course, that together we can create good and vibrant folk high school, while at the same time ensuring that we avoid infecting each other. Instead, we can infect with joy and life enlightenment, which is the core of the folk high school.
Students are organized into family groups. Within the family group, you do not have to comply with the recommendation for a minimum of 1-meter distance. There must be a maximum of 20 students in a family and the family group is defined according to the physical layout of the school. A family group can share rooms, toilets, baths, etc..
In the reopening guidelines on teaching it says that the 1-meter distance requirement applies to anyone outside the same family group. Some activities require a distance of 2 meters. This applies to community singing and some other activities. This applies to participants who are not in the same family group. There must also be a 2 meters distance between teacher / lecturer and first row.
The seating arrangements should ensure 1-meter distance. This applies unless the students belong to the same family group.
As in the rest of society, there are higher requirements for cleaning than before. Several areas need to be cleaned twice daily. This applies to shared toilets, tables and contact points, e.g. taps, toilet buttons, toilet seats, table surfaces, door handles, handrails, armrests, light switches and the like. Students can participate in cleaning if the guidelines are adhered to.
At least once a day, trash cans are emptied or before they are filled. Rooms and indoor common areas are also cleaned daily.
Principally, it is sufficient to clean with water and soap.
Come by car or travel outside peak hours
We encourage you to get to the folk high school by car, and if you come by public transport, travel outside of peak hours. You may be asked to arrive at a specific time interval, so we avoid large gatherings upon arrival.
Edit: April 16. 2020
It is recommended that the folk high schools reimburse your payment 100% if you are sent home and haven’t received extensive online teaching. If you have received extensive online teaching or/and have been living at the school, this could justify something else.
What happens if I unsubscribe?
The folk high schools have their individual rules if you unsubscribe. Therefore: check the folk high schools’ website if you want to know what the terms are. In many schools, you can pay a cancellation fee, which guarantees you the money back regardless of the reason for unsubscribingis recommended that the folk high schools reimburse your payment 100% if you are sent home and haven’t received extensive online teaching. If you have received extensive online teaching or/and have been living at the school, this could justify something else.
The folk high schools have their individual rules if you unsubscribe. Therefore: check the folk high schools’ website if you want to know what the terms are. In many schools, you can pay a cancellation fee, which guarantees you the money back regardless of the reason for unsubscribing
Updated april 16. 2020
The rules are complex. Contact the individual folk high school.
When the corona epidemic is over, we need to form strong communities at the folk high schools again. Read more about being admitted to a Danish folk high school here.
Stay updated on SIRI's management of residence permits for a stay at a Danish folk high school here.