Snow keeps Danish children home from school days after reopening

Snow keeps Danish children home from school days after reopening
Snow on Bornholm on Tuesday. Photo: Pelle Rink/Ritzau Scanpix
Danish island Bornholm is covered in large amounts of snow this week, resulting in school closures days after Covid-19 restrictions were eased.

“The snowy weather, among other things, has meant that not all of the youngest students could come back physically to school this week,” said Hasse Hallberg, operations manager with the Bornholm municipality.

On Monday, children in grades 0 to 4 were allowed to come back to school in person. All other current coronavirus restrictions will remain in place until at least February 28th.


Unfortunately, snow has now made it impossible for children who take the bus to get to school in Bornholm.

“Our school buses could simply not carry the children safely enough or move through the small country roads,” Hallberg said.

“Those that live in the towns, of course are going to school, but it has not been possible to drive on the school bus routes this Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday,” he added.

Authorities have struggled to keep up with the severe weather and have focused on clearing the larger roads often without enough time or capacity for the smaller country roads, news wire Ritzau reports.

“We get to the small roads when we have the capacity for it. But there is not much available capacity when there is a snow storm and we have gotten 25 centimeters of snow and wind that is blowing at 12 meters per second,” Hallberg said.

There are nearly 1,120 kilometres of road on Bornholm, Hallberg said, noting that snow removal is a large task.

“But this is not new for the winter service on Bornholm because we have had snow storms before, so we are really well prepared,” he said.

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