The Hidden Possibilities of Reopening Schools After Covid

What Denmark can teach us about the future of education in the post-Covid world


Last Spring, Denmark was one of the first countries in the world to reopen schools after five weeks of a country-wide shut-down. 

After several sleepless nights, my husband and I finally made the decision to send our three kids back to school and daycare when the opportunity arose in mid-April. Despite being exhausted and (really) ready to get back to some normalcy, the reality of sending my kids back into the world after the Covid-19 shut-down was terrifying. The likelihood of the virus spreading throughout schools felt imminent and like it was only a matter of time before we all became sick.

I can’t say exactly what the tipping point was. Perhaps it was my husband’s unwavering trust in the government (he’s Danish). Maybe it was my kids missing their friends. Maybe I just became really desperate to work again without hearing Frozen 2 playing in the background. We made the decision and never looked back.

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