FAQ – Summer School and Corona Virus / COVID-19

We at Danes Worldwide and at Summer School will never forget 2020. We had to cancel Summer School and Summer School for Families, leading to many questions for you and for us. Here is a collection of the frequent questions and their answers. We will work to keep them up to date as we learn more about the impact on Summer School from restrictions, travel bans, infection rates, and any potential vaccine.

Kids having fun at the Summer School

FAQ – Summer Schools and Corona Virus / COVID-19 will be updated continuously. Latest update 22.10.20.

WILL SUMMER SCHOOL 2021 BE CANCELED?

Will the Summer School events for 2021 go ahead?

The Summer School Board of Directors has stated that ”Summer School and Summer School for Families will be canceled only as a result of a mandate from the authorities”.

In other words, we are assuming that the events will be held – not as usual, but in ways prescribed by the authorities at the time:

  • Summer School 2021 is held 7-23 July 2021
  • Summer School for Families 6-9 and 10-3 events are held 10-18 July 2021

Of course, official regulations may change in the time between now and July 2021. For example, will residents of a given country be subject to a quarantine of 14 days? We will not impose a quarantine of 14 days, but we may require that participants submit a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours.

What if we can’t travel because of the virus?

We know you are facing a difficult decision complicated by increasing numbers of infected persons in Denmark and by strict rules for international travel in many countries. We must therefore stress that participants are personally responsible for arriving at Summer School. On the other hand, we are offering an online Summer School for the convenience of those who believe it will not be feasible for them to travel to Denmark in July. Summer School Online may be a good alternative for participants who encounter obstacles to traveling.

Will we get a refund if Summer School is cancled anyway?

Our work to prepare the program for Summer School is fully under way, and we are incurring costs throughout the planning phase. Therefore, we will be unable to offer a full refund if Summer School must be canceled due to the corona situation. We will of course make every effort to repay as much of the prepaid amount as possible.

You may cancel your registration until 31 January 2021, forfeiting only the administrative fee. Should it become necessary to cancel due to the virus, we refer to our terms and conditions (in Danish). 

You may prefer to delay your registration. Your risk is that Summer School may have filled up; capacity will be geared to the number of registrations received by 15 December 2020.

How will I know whether Summer School will go ahead?

We are working hard to make the Summer School events a reality. Should we nevertheless be mandated by the authorities to cancel, we will of course be in touch with registrants as soon as possible via email. We will keep danes.dk up to date and answer the phone at (+45) 3332 0913.

What about students signed up to take the Grade 9 graduation exam?

When Summer School was canceled due to the corona virus this year, we received authorization from the Ministry of Education to use the grades earned throughout the year as exam grades. (This was done in all other Danish schools as well.) The oral exam was done via Zoom as opposed to being an in-person event, and that worked really well.

Should the situation persist until next year, we will follow the same procedure. Therefore, you are sure to receive your Grade 9 graduation certificate at the end of this school year.

PRACTICAL MEASURES

We wish to offer Summer Shool events only in safe and secure surroundings. That is a factor in our selection of venues with a view to space for distancing, hygienic measures, etc.

With how many others will I be interacting?

A huge part of the spirit of Summer School is the community. Naturally, living as one large community in 2021 will be a challenge. At other educational institutions, students are typically grouped into smaller clusters or ”families” doing everything together and sharing a room or hallway or classroom with the same family members. As the safety and health of our participants and staff are paramount, we need to relinquish the experience of the larger community in favor of the smaller families this time.

What if someone gets sick?

We expect that we will talk to the participants every morning about how they feel and check their temperature. Should there be the slightest sign of illness of any kind, we have the means to put the affected participants in isolation. Should we suspect that the participant has been infected with corona, it is essential that relatives or other contact persons collect him or her as soon as possible to reduce further infection risk and to allow for testing and quarantine until symptoms have been absent for 48 hours.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Must teachers and participants wear face masks?

Currently, face masks are mandated only in public transit, restaurants and bars, and hospitals, and not in the public space in general. That could change, of course. Some challenges are associated with teaching and learning a language while wearing a mask, but our teachers will have the option of using a face shield.

What about cleaning and hygiene?

For the last 10 years, we have used hand sanitizer at Summer School meals. That turned out to be a wise measure as we kept the incidence of gastric infections, colds, etc. to a minimum. That said, we will be especially vigilant with hand hygiene and cleaning in general. Some of the surface cleaning in the dorm rooms and classrooms will be done by the participants themselves (e.g. their own chairs). The cleaning crew will take care of the rest, and an increased portion of the venue fee will go to that crew, just as it is the case at all educational institutions in Denmark.

What about being met in the airport?  What about the excursion to Tivoli Gardens?

We will indeed meet participants in the airport, but we encourage that they arrive a few days in advance and stay with relatives or friends so as to rest up from the trip. During that time, it may become necessary to have a corona test done (as mandated by travel regulations). We aim to minize travel and transportation and thus do not expect to do the customary trip to Copenhagen/Tivoli Gardens and to Legoland unless of course things change significantly. Our talented and creative staff will come up with alternative destinations closer to the venues.


“FAQ – Summer School and Corona Virus / COVID-19” will be updated continuously. Did you not find the answers to your questions? Do not hesitate to contact us at (+45) 3332 0913.