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Back to school autumn 2020 – Primary schools

20. Aug 2020

There are eleven primary schools operating in Hafnarfjörður, nine run by the municipal authorities, plus two independent schools: Barnaskóli Hjallastefnunnar and NÚ – Framsýn Menntun.

Autumn 2020 also sees the return of Engidalsskóli as an independent primary school, after having been closed for 10 years. Engidalsskóli will received pupils in Grades 1-6 this autumn, adding Grade 7 in autumn 2021. The new Head Teacher of Engidalsskóli is Margrét Halldórsdóttir.

Back to school as normal

As you will have seen in the media, the government has decided that primary schools should operate as normal this autumn. This means that all pupils can expect their usual class timetable. However, schools will also be focusing more on infection prevention measures and cleaning. Greater emphasis will be placed on hygiene among pupils, such as more frequent hand-washing and disinfecting, particularly at mealtimes. It has also been decided to keep parental visits to schools to a minimum. We ask parents to come to the school only if the matter is urgent. Parents will receive further information from schools soon.

After-school centres also operating normally

After-school centres will also be operating normally. They open on Wednesday 26 August for pupils in Grades 1-4. Pupils in Grade 1 are already attending a special summer course in each primary school. This course began early this month and will continue until schools open (24 August). Further back-to-school information can be found on the schools' websites. Here you can also find useful information on each school's operations and priorities.

Food in school time and free study materials

All pupils in primary schools in Hafnarfjörður are offered porridge before classes begin. This is free of charge to parents and guardians. All primary-school pupils may also register to get fruit in the course of each morning. To register for fruit and lunch, please use the Skólamatur website: https://askrift.skolamatur.is/. This does not apply to pupils at Áslandsskóli, which has its own kitchen and offers the same service for all pupils at the school. Pupils at Áslandsskóli must submit a special meal order form. Schools will provide parents with information on ordering meals when the school year begins. Meal services at primary schools will begin on 26 August.

The Hafnarfjörður municipal authorities provide pupils with study materials free of charge and handle purchasing of stationery required for schoolwork. This means that, in addition to textbooks, students receive notebooks, stationery, folders, etc. as and when they need them for their schoolwork. School bags, sports kits and stationery required for homework are to be purchased by parents.

Successful and positive cooperation between homes and schools is key

There are many things to think about when it comes to our primary schools. Usually the school in question will provide information on their day-to-day operations and the Hafnarfjörður municipal website also contains information on primary schools. It is also possible to send your questions to hafnarfjordur@hafnarfjordur.is. It is important for the school year to get off to a good start and positive connections, dialogue and cooperation between homes and schools is key to achieving this. Good study conditions and welfare in schools help each and every pupil to mature and thrive on their own terms.