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Grindavík Children Divided Among Iceland’s Schools

The primary school children of Grindavík are divided among 73 schools in 27 municipalities. Before the town was evacuated due to volcanic eruptions and seismic activity, they were all in the same school, Grindavík primary school.

Heimildin reports that while 225 children study in replacement schools established in Reykjavík, 87 of them now study in Reykjanesbær, 59 in other Reykjavík schools, 28 in Kópavogur, 25 in Garðabær, 25 in Árborg, 22 in Hafnarfjörður and many more in schools across the southwest region.

Minority in replacement schools

After the natural disasters, four replacement schools were established in Reykjavík so that the children could continue their studies with their teachers from Grindavík and classmates. The schools are located in Hvassaleitisskóli, Laugalækjarskóli, Ármúli and the headquarters of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ) by Laugardalsvöllur field. Some 40% of the children continue their studies in these replacement schools.

Upper secondary school students, who are residents of Grindavík, are now in 14 different schools in 9 municipalities, with most of them in Suðurnes Comprehensive College. Preschool children are in 46 schools across 16 municipalities.

Effects on the children

The Ministry of Education and Children said that the effects of the disasters on the lives of Grindavík children are severe and unpredictable, and can manifest in challenges related to educational and recreational activities. “Grindavík inhabitants have faced uncertainties about their residency over the last few months and this has inevitably affected a group of Grindavík children who have been forced to switch schools a few times since November 10,” a response from the ministry read.

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