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Roger Valhammer og Endre Tvinnereim
Chief Commissioner Roger Valhammer and Commissioner for Education Endre Tvinnereim thanked pupils and teachers for their efforts over the past few weeks, and informed how they plan for a gradual and safe reopening of schools.
Bilde: Ann-Kristin Loodtz

Gradual Reopening of Schools in Bergen

From Tuesday, May 12, schools will reopen for 7th and 10th grade pupils. The remaining grades will resume from Thursday, May 14. Some pupils will need to continue home schooling a few days a week.


7th and 10th grade pupils are in their final year of primary and lower secondary school and will therefore be prioritised. All 7th and 10th grade pupils start on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

  • The remaining grades (5th, 6th, 8th and 9th grade pupils) start from Thursday, May 14, 2020
  • Grades 1 to 4, the special care provision scheme, and the day care facilities for school children, SFO, will continue as before
  • In order to maintain infection control in line with government guidelines, the reopening will take place with some local adaptations to ensure enough staffing and space for students

Local Variations in Schools

Due to the current infection control regulations and advice, in some schools neither staffing nor space will be sufficient for all pupils to be at school at the same time. It will therefore be necessary to make local assessments at each individual school.

Schools that have sufficient space and staffing will reopen for the entire upper primary level (grades 5 - 7) and the lower secondary level (grades 8 - 10) on Thursday, May 14.

Schools that do not have sufficient space or access to alternative premises, will reopen on May 14 based on the following plan:

  • Pupils in 7th and 10th grade shall have priority and will be at school every day
  • Pupils in 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th grade will be at school at least half of the school days over a 14-day period. Home schooling will continue on days when there are no classes at school
  • Pupils in 5th and 8th grade assemble at school two days a week in odd-numbered weeks, and three days a week in even-numbered weeks

Pupils in 6th and 9th grade assemble at school two days a week in even-numbered weeks, and three days a week in odd-numbered weeks. This means that in schools where not all pupils can be in school at the same time, the first day of school for 6th and 9th grade pupils will be Thursday, May 14, whereas the first day of school for 5th and 8th grade pupils will be Friday, May 15.

Odd-numbered weeks are weeks with numbers such as 1, 3, 5, etc. Even-numbered weeks are weeks with numbers such as 2, 4, 6, etc.

Since the amount of space available at each school differs, individual plans for each school will apply. The length of the school day may vary. All measures taken will comply with The Education Act and “The Temporary Regulation on the Adaptation of Legislation on Primary and Secondary Education due to the Outbreak of Covid-19”.

MORE INFORMATION: Follow the latest information from your local school.

Use of Alternative Premises

Each individual school must assess whether there is a need for using additional, alternative premises to comply with infection control regulations and advice.

When assessing premises, schools shall exercise discretion and assess the premises pursuant to the Education Act and other regulations. Traffic conditions must also be taken into consideration.