Potsdam (dpa / bb) – According to the Ministry of Education, the increasing numbers of new infections with the corona virus in Brandenburg also have significant consequences for school lessons across the country.
Since the start of the school year in August, 14 schools have had to be temporarily closed completely. These closings have now been lifted. According to the information, four schools are currently closed. In addition, there have now been 163 closed cases in which learning groups had to be quarantined, the ministry said on request. 110 learning groups are currently still in distance learning.
By the beginning of the autumn break, there had been only 141 cases in which learning groups had to be quarantined – 11 schools had to be temporarily closed completely. However, the Ministry of Education had assured that the schools were adequately equipped with emergency plans if they had to switch to homeschooling after infections.
According to the city administration, 11 schools in Cottbus have been affected by significant quarantine measures for students and teachers since October 27. This means that school operations are no longer possible at some schools or at least significantly restricted. Therefore, from this Friday, an extended mask requirement will also apply in class in all schools and after-school facilities in the city.
According to the ministry, each school has its own hygiene plan and a concept for dealing with the pandemic. There are music and physical education classes taking into account infection protection.
According to the state’s regulation, students must wear the everyday mask in all communal areas of the schools such as hallways and dining rooms. For upper school students in grammar schools and the upper school centers, the mask requirement in class has also applied since Monday. Several times a day, at least after each lesson, the rooms are provided with shock or cross ventilation.
Brandenburg’s Education Minister Britta Ernst wrote to parents and legal guardians on Friday in a letter. “The pandemic development of the infection process continues to demand a high degree of insight into the need for current measures and discipline from all of us,” said the SPD politician. “The past few months have shown that we are able to do this. Parents, grandparents and guardians have given their children and grandchildren the best possible support; school administrators and teachers have done a great job in ensuring school education.”
But even if it is difficult to live with the restrictions for a long time, pausing is not an alternative. “We want schools to remain safe and have therefore tightened the precautionary measures – starting on November 2nd,” wrote Ernst. “Rigorous compliance with distance and hygiene rules, the mask requirement for upper classes, correct ventilation, additional measures to protect against infection – these are the most important rules of conduct.”