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Schools and kindergartens reopen in Denmark

IN PICS: Denmark's schools and kindergartens reopen

A child at Stengård Skole stands on a painted line marking a 2m distance. Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau ScanpixChildren in Denmark returned to school and kindergartens on Wednesday, in a first for a European country. Here’s how it looked.

Pupils and their parents arriving at schools, such as Stengård Skole below in Gladsaxe outside Copenhagen, were given staggered times to drop off their children to avoid too many people arriving at the same time. 

Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

They then had to queue to enter the school building alongside specially painted lines, each spaced two metres apart.

Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau Scanpix

Photo: Ólafur Steinar Gestsson/Ritzau ScanpixAt kindergartens such as the VUI kindergarten in Aalborg, parents had to keep their distance from kindergarten staff while dropping off their children. 

Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Parents then took their children to the bathroom where they had to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water. 

Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

In most schools, classrooms had been rearranged so that the desks had a safe distance between them, such as here at Korshøjskolen in Randers. 

Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Kindergartens have doubled the amount of space required for each child to 4m2, meaning some parents were informed by letter that there was not sufficient space for their child.

Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Schools had also drafted new sets of rules for children designed to minimise the spread of coronavirus. This poster at Lykkebo Skole in Valby outside Copenhagen, tells children to wash their hands every two hours for at least a minute, to play and study within fixed groups, and to keep two metres distance from one another. 

Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

For children at Lykkebo Skole in Valby the reopening was even more exciting, as Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen dropped in to watch the proceedings. 

Philip Davali/Ritzau Scanpix

This student at Korshøjskolen in Randers is washing her hands between lessons. 

Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Special sports and other activities had been designed to minimise the risk of spreading the infection, such as here at Korshøjskolen in Randers. 

Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

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