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Corona measures: This is what school lessons could look like in winter

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Before the deliberations on Wednesday by the federal and state governments, the prime ministers want to further coordinate the future course of action in the corona pandemic. There were already several rounds on this at the weekend. NewsABC.net has a draft from the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference, Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD), from Sunday evening (download here). Changes are still possible.

In view of the persistently high number of infections, an extension of the partial lockdown in December is foreseeable. In addition, the draft contains several further proposals for measures that also affect school teaching, among other things.

Nationwide, pupils and vocational school students from the seventh grade should also wear a mask in class. This regulation should apply in counties with more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within one week.

Rapid tests for students

A new test strategy is also proposed. If there is a Covid-19 infection in a class, it is quarantined with the affected teachers for five days. On the fifth day there is a rapid test using the antigen method. If the result is negative, lessons can take place again. “In order to be able to apply this effective test strategy across the board, the federal government (via the federal states) will provide additional capacities for antigen tests,” the paper says.

The decision on further measures should be left to the federal states – such as alternating instruction. For such a model for older students, Müller spoke out on ZDF. Federal Minister of Education Anja Karliczek also pleaded for it in the newspapers of the Funke media group (Monday). “In my opinion, change models also make sense for secondary schools,” said Annalena Baerbock, the Greens boss, on ARD.

School trips and international exchanges should remain prohibited. It is also recommended to stagger the start of lessons in order to equalize school traffic.

With material from the DPA.

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