Parents in Sweden: How do you feel about sending your children back to school?

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Parents in Sweden: How do you feel about sending your children back to school?
File photo of a school in Stockholm. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

Swedish schools are set to reopen after the summer holidays in the coming weeks, after keeping schools for under-16s open during the pandemic. We want to hear from international parents how you feel about back-to-school season in times of corona.


Sweden kept schools open for young children in spring, but closed them for over-16s to curb the spread of the coronavirus. In autumn, schools will reopen for everyone, but secondary schools (gymnasium) have been given permission to move teaching online if they want to or change the schedule to avoid students travelling during rush hour.

Those who are against school closures tend to point to reports suggesting that schools are associated with lower risk of transmission, that keeping them open is essential for parents in key jobs, and that the social and educational benefits of allowing children to attend school are so crucial that they outweigh any disadvantages.

Those who favour school closures tend to argue in favour of a risk-averse approach, and that parents should be allowed to choose what is right for their children, especially if they have family members who belong to at-risk groups. Some parents have been told they risk being fined if they keep their children at home in Sweden.

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