How did parents of children in primary school navigate risks during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary schools were among the first institutions to reopen after lockdown, and the situation was discussed by the parents amid much controversy. Our data are collected between April and July 2020, and our findings demonstrate the pivotal role of the perceived trustworthiness of institutions (mainly schools) and professionals (mainly teachers) for shaping parental risk navigation strategies. As our sample included asylum seekers whose resistance – unlike that of other parents employing resistance strategies – was met by an intervention, our analysis also sheds light on how social exclusion manifests itself in the Danish welfare state context during a pandemic.
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