New law will give the Government and school governing bodies extended powers regarding school activities

19 March 2020 klockan 16.05

The Riksdag has voted in favour of a new law regarding temporary closure of school activities in the event of extraordinary events in peacetime.

The law contains provisions that allow school governing bodies, in certain cases, to decide to temporarily close a pre-school, out-of-school centre or other educational activity.

The new act also gives the Government the opportunity to temporarily close pre-schools, schools, out-of-school centres or other educational activities at the national, regional or municipal level.

In both cases, however, the governing body in question must still offer pre-school and out-of-school activities for children and pupils in need of special support, or whose custodian/s have key functions in society.

The decision to introduce the new law is based on a committee initiative. This means that the proposal has been put forward by a parliamentary committee and is not based on a Government bill or private members' motion.

The law will come into force on 21 March 2020. The matter was decided despite having been available for less than two weekdays before the day on which it was considered by parliament, which is customary.