Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the government has decided to cancel all written exams this spring. This is valid for pupils both in primary and secondary school.
The pupils will receive their certificates even though there are no written exam. The grades/marks will be given based on their overall marks awarded for classwork.
All upper secondary schools in Vestland County are currently closed until 13th of April 2020.
Adult education, Vocational Technical College, Manger folk high school and Hyssingen Production School are also closed.
While the schools are closed, pupils will participate in distance education through internet-based teaching and learning. Distance education is offered to support and contribute in upholding the pupil’s educational progress during this time.
The pupils will receive further information about online teaching and learning through the learning platforms it’s learning or Teams.
All school trips are cancelled
All national and international school trips are cancelled until 20th of June 2020.
Pupils who undertake a school year abroad
The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training published the following on their website 13th of March 2020:
There are several pupils who undertake an exchange year abroad during their first or second year of upper secondary school. It is very unlikely that these pupils will be able to complete their year abroad this spring.
There will be temporarily amendments in the regulations to allow regional authorities (the county council) to approve the current school year for pupils who are unable to complete their school year abroad due to the coronavirus situation. This means that the pupils will be permitted to continue their education as planned in Norway from autumn 2020.
To get the year abroad approved, the pupils must apply to the County Council before the end of April 2020.
For pupils in the “Hordalandsklasser”, Vestland County Council will, together with the coordinating schools, organise internet-based teaching and learning for the pupils that have returned home prematurely due to the coronavirus situation.
The temporarily amendments in the regulations also apply to pupils who undertake a year abroad through private organisations. These pupils must contact the school they attended in the school year 2018/19 (vg1). Efforts will be made to include the pupils in internet-based teaching and learning, and accommodations for independent studies will be made at the schools.
Pupil payments when schools are closed
What happens with payments for board and food (subsistence) when all the schools and boarding schools are closed?
The Director for Education, Training and Competence in Vestland County has decided that we are not to claim payment for services we cannot provide. No invoices will be sent to the pupils in the period the schools are closed. Reimbursements will be given to those who has prepaid for the period from 13th of March and onwards. The same will be valid for pupils who have i.e. had subsistence payments in their educational programme.