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News blog : Incidence Below 100: When Do Schools Open Again For Everyone?

After the Whitsun holidays, there should only be school closings in Bavaria with an incidence of 165 or more. If the incidence is between 50 and 165, there should be alternating lessons for all school levels.

There is an exception for the fourth grades and the final grades, they can continue to alternate classes regardless of the incidence.

Teachers and students in face-to-face classes have to take a corona test twice a week. There is an obligation to test. In addition, it is mandatory to wear a mask in schools, including in the classroom.

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Consequences of the Corona crisis, May 24th: The CSU chairman Markus Söder does not want to evaluate the situation of the students in the corona pandemic too negatively. "We mustn't persuade the students that they are a lost generation," Söder told the newspapers of the Funke media group. "For example, I don't think the Abitur will be any worse this year." The challenge lies with the younger generation and with the students from educationally disadvantaged families. Special educational programs will be offered for them, for example in the form of summer schools. “Maybe we also have to adapt the curricula and go unconventional. But that is easy to do, ”says Söder.

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Quarantine, May 21: A Whitsun vacation in a corona risk area can have unpleasant consequences for parents and school children in Bavaria after the vacation. Should quarantine be required upon return, the missed classes will not only be viewed as unexcused absenteeism. In the worst case, according to the Ministry of Culture, there is also a risk of a fine for violating compulsory schooling. In the worst case, the fine in Bavaria can be up to 1,000 euros.

“Compulsory schooling remains unchanged in the current situation,” said a ministry spokesman. All students therefore have a duty to attend classes. If, with sight, a quarantine becomes necessary after return due to the trip to a risk area, which prevents participation in face-to-face classes, this constitutes an administrative offense within the meaning of Article 119 of the Schools Act.

Quarantine is mandatory, for example, if the vacation took place in a so-called high-incidence area.

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Vaccinations for adolescents, May 18th: All pupils aged 12 and over should receive a vaccination offer by the summer holidays. This was announced by Bavaria's Minister of Health Klaus Holetschek (CSU) in the “Augsburger Allgemeine”. There are around 835,000 schoolchildren between the ages of 12 and 18 in Bavaria. Vaccinating students would open up more options for schools in Bavaria; more face-to-face teaching would also be possible again.

Holetschek also said that a concept is currently being drawn up on how the vaccinations for schoolchildren could be logistically organized. "We want to involve the vaccination centers and check whether it is also possible to vaccinate at the schools themselves."

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Summer schools, May 13th: With two weeks of additional lessons during the summer vacation, the Bavarian Ministry of Culture wants to make up for the pandemic-related learning deficits of the pupils. The concept of summer schools is new for schoolchildren in Bavaria. “There should be two weeks in the summer vacation, either two weeks at a time, or one week at the beginning of the vacation and one at the end. That is left to the local schools, ”said Minister of Education Michael Piazolo (Free Voters). Above all, gaps in math, German and foreign languages ​​would be closed there. The offer is voluntary, after all, some families already have vacation plans, explained Piazolo.

In addition to the voluntary offer, there should also be more individual support elsewhere, for example through a differentiation depending on the level of performance in compulsory lessons, divided groups or additional courses in the afternoon. At the same time, activities such as orchestras, choirs or soccer school teams should be restarted as soon as possible in order to strengthen social skills.

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Criticism of Abitur exams, May 11th: Immediately before the start of the written Abitur exams in Bavaria, the Ministry of Culture defended the framework conditions for the approximately 35,000 examinees as fair and comparable. The special circumstances in the pandemic had been taken into account, it said on Tuesday.

State student spokesman Moritz Meusel, on the other hand, had criticized the examination conditions the day before. The 18-year-old complained that adolescents who had been in distance learning for months due to high incidence values ​​were much less prepared for the Abitur than those who were able to attend school for a long time. Schoolchildren from poor families are also disadvantaged because they cannot afford tutoring. Meusel also criticized the fact that the material for the Abitur had hardly been reduced.

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Validity of corona tests, May 11th: The Bavarian Parents' Association (BEV) demands multiple use of school corona tests. The BEV announced on Tuesday that the rapid tests should also be allowed to be used for visiting leisure facilities such as sports facilities, swimming pools, zoos, museums, cinemas or theaters for the duration of their validity. For the foreseeable future, visiting such facilities is only possible with a negative rapid test, as is attending school.

In the opinion of the association, it is therefore superfluous to have yourself tested again for leisure activities if you have already carried out a corona test for school on the same day. The rapid corona tests that you need to attend school or leisure facilities are valid for 24 hours.

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Class work, May 10th: At secondary schools, high schools and business schools in Bavaria, no more homework (class work) will be written this school year - the so-called large performance certificates are no longer required. The only exceptions are final classes and the eleventh grade at grammar schools - theoretically there can still be school assignments there. The Ministry of Culture announced on Monday.

Education Minister Michael Piazolo (Free Voters) justified the decision with the fact that many students were only now returning to face-to-face or alternating classes due to the months of school closings, thanks to falling incidence values ​​and the new limit value of 165. He therefore emphasized: “The focus here is in In the coming weeks, the focus will be clearly on securing basic knowledge and basic skills. Our students have to find their way back first. We want to avoid time pressure and excessive pressure to perform. At other types of school, for example middle school, the teaching staff have more leeway anyway, according to the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs.

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Transfer certificates, May 6th: One day before the transfer certificates were awarded in Bavaria, the procedure that points the way for the further school career of fourth-grade children aroused criticism. “The so-called primary school diploma has been terrorizing children, parents and teachers in Bavaria for years. It should finally be abolished, ”demanded the SPD parliamentary group. The Bavarian Teachers' Association emphasized on Thursday: "With the best will in the world, it is no longer possible to talk about a fair and comparable determination of the still necessary grade point average."

In Bavaria, a certain average of the grades in the three main subjects is required in order to be allowed to go to grammar school or secondary school after elementary school.

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Learning backlog, May 6th:The Bavarian Association of Philologists calls for systematic, individual support in order to compensate for the pandemic-related learning deficits among schoolchildren. The association announced on Thursday that it would require the establishment of diagnosis and funding weeks and additional funding time. The situation is very different from region to region and even within a class. However, the need for support and recovery measures is undisputed in order to maintain the quality of education in Bavaria.

"In order to catch up on corona-related learning delays, you have to identify them first," explained chairman Michael Schwägerl. The High School Teachers Association therefore advocates the establishment of a task force to create suitable diagnostic tools for all grades. The last weeks of this and the first weeks of the coming school year should then “exclusively serve the diagnosis, the individual feedback and the support through catching up, repeating, deepening and broadening of contents and competencies”. Only then can the curriculum continue.

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School opening, May 4th: At the secondary schools in Bavaria, the current stricter 100 limit for distance teaching will remain until the Whitsun holidays. Only elementary schools are allowed to offer up to a 7-day incidence of 165 alternating lessons in all classes from May 10th. Only after the Whitsun holidays - from June 7th - should the limit value 165 also apply to secondary schools, as provided for in the federal emergency brake. Exceptions still apply to final grades and children in the fourth grade, who have alternating lessons everywhere even with higher corona numbers.

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Vacation programs, April 28th: This year's holiday program for children in Bavaria is to be expanded to overcome the corona-related isolation. In 2021, all children and adolescents from first to tenth grade could take advantage of the offers during the entire Whitsun, summer and autumn holidays. All children can take part - regardless of whether their parents are still entitled to vacation or not, announced the Bavarian Youth Ring (BJR) on Wednesday in Munich.

Whether and in what form the offers are carried out depends on the corona pandemic. The applicable limit values ​​in accordance with the Infection Protection Ordinance are also a measure here, said a spokesman at the request of the dpa. According to the current status, this means that face-to-face events in Bavaria are only allowed under an incidence of 100 - and then with the usual hygiene requirements such as minimum distance and mask requirement. The provision of corona tests is also conceivable. In the case of higher incidences, only online events can then be carried out.

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Judgment on the mask requirement, April 13th: A family court in Weilheim, Upper Bavaria, has exempted a child from wearing a mask at school. In the ruling, the court ordered on Tuesday that the school management should no longer require the child to wear a mouth and nose cover on the school premises. As a spokeswoman for the court announced, the decision only applies to this individual case (Az. 2 F 192/21).

The Ministry of Education also pointed out that it was an individual decision made by the family court. The decision has no effect on existing infection protection measures at schools in Bavaria. The regulations have also been classified as lawful by the Bavarian Administrative Court in consistent case law. Corona measures such as the mask requirement would therefore apply unchanged to all teachers and students.

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Corona tests, April 12th: Schoolchildren in Bavaria are only allowed to take part in classroom lessons with a negative corona test. The Bavarian Administrative Court (BayVGH) rejected the application of a primary school pupil on Monday to suspend the regulation provisionally.

As a justification, the 20th Senate responsible for infection protection law stated that there were no significant legal concerns due to the infection and risk situation. With the arrangement, the special school needs of pupils and teachers can be taken into account.

The court also made it clear that participation in the test was voluntary. Thus, in the absence of consent, it must be ensured that there are courses offered in distance teaching.

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Learning backlog, April 9th: Education Minister Michael Piazzolo (Free Voters) announced a three-stage process on Friday to compensate for learning gaps caused by the pandemic. Bridging courses, remedial classes and programs with older students as tutors should start after the Whitsun holidays at the latest. During the summer holidays, trainee teachers and students, as well as adult education center lecturers, will help fill gaps in math, German and foreign languages ​​for two weeks. In the coming school year, there will then be highly individualized funding, explained Piazolo. A total of 20 million euros are planned for the support programs.

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