Corona in Bavaria: Söder government decides to relax schools significantly – teachers’ association on the barricades

  • byThomas Eldersch

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The German Teachers’ Association warns against easing the measures in schools too quickly. In Bavaria, the mask requirement in the classroom will be lifted from Monday.

Munich – It’s a constant topic in Bavarian schools. Do you need a mask or not? If many students and parents have their way, the answer would probably be no. If you had asked the representatives of the Bavarian government until recently, a yes would have come out. But now the U-turn. In the most recent cabinet meeting, massive easing of mask requirement in schools private. And criticism soon follows. This time from the teachers’ side.

So that Coronavirus* cannot simply spread in schools after the summer holidays, a mask requirement in the square should prevent this. Not anymore. This obligation no longer applies from 4 October. Bye Corona masks * in the class. It is no longer necessary to wear a face mask at other school events or during lunch care. This rule also applies if the necessary safety distance from the bank neighbors in the classroom cannot be maintained.

All other rules decided by the cabinet can be found in our overview.

School mask requirement: Teachers’ Association critical of repeal

For the chairman of the German Teachers’ Association (DL), Heinz-Peter Meidinger, a step in the wrong direction. He receives support from the Education and Science Union (GEW). “It is understandable that many people want to fundamentally remove the mask requirement in the classroom, but it still makes sense as part of the package of measures, depending on the infection rate. The interaction of all measures provides the best possible health protection for school children, their parents and teachers,” said GEW President Maike Finnern dem Editorial network Germany (RND).

Meidinger also warns against loosening too quickly. He said that RND on Friday: “The discontinuation of tests and the premature abolition of the mask requirement, as well as the excessive reduction of quarantine measures, increases the risk of the school becoming a black box, making infection control no longer possible. To base health protection measures solely on the occupation of corona beds in intensive care units, the principle of preventive care would be replaced by a system that can react much too late to increasing incidents in the school environment.

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Corona tests at Bavarian schools continue

There will be regular testing in Bavarian schools. That was one of the reasons why the Bavarian state government waved at the easing in the first place. In other federal states – for example Thuringia – Rapid tests * but already cancelled. According to Meidinger, it is a dangerous development. And the different rules in the different federal states also hinder the DL chairman. “It’s annoying that there is still a motley crew when it comes to health protection measures in schools, no matter how intense the infection is,” he said. RND. Because in addition to the mask requirement, testing or quarantine rules are handled differently.

Still, there is a glimmer of hope for the head of the teachers’ association. Vaccination rates among young people are steadily increasing. “Incidence rates are currently quite high, especially in the age cohort of children and adolescents, but at the same time, vaccination coverage for schoolchildren over the age of 12 is increasing rapidly since there was a general vaccination recommendation from Stiko.” October ) des Robert Koch Institute * (RKI) in Bavaria, 37.8 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds are vaccinated at least once. A second vaccination is 30.7 percent. This means that the free state is below the German average (41.9% / 34.6%).

For Meidinger, the increasing vaccination coverage and the measures are one reason why there are currently only small outbreaks in schools and there are no uncontrolled infections. And the DL boss is also sure that the schools can hold their classes this year. “As things stand, we do not assume that full or partial school closures will be necessary again, with the associated switch to distance and alternating lessons.” * is an offer from IPP.MEDIA

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