Primary schools in Reykjavík will not be sending parents a back-to-school shopping list this fall as they have done in the past, RÚV reports. Students will instead receive supplies such as notebooks, writing utensils, crayons, folders, and stationery free of charge.
On December 6, 2017, Reykjavík City Council approved a motion to ensure that all supplies students use during school time should be provided to them at no cost, starting with the 2018-2019 school year. The decision was made on the recommendation of the Alliance of Parent’s Associations and Parent’s Councils of Elementary Schools in Reykjavík (SAMFOK). “Such an arrangement saves both money and time, is environmentally friendly, and supports better use of school supplies,” states a press release from the council.
The program will cost the city around ISK 40 million ($364,000/€322,000).