Since Monday: No mouth and nose protection up to grade 6 for students AND teachers. There is also a requirement for grade 7 teens and their teachers.
By Boris Dombrowski, Justus Jeep and Sara Orlos Fernandes
Breathe deeply every now and then! This has been true since Monday for at least for Berlin students up to the sixth grade, that is to say for the 360 public primary schools.
But: All older teens of class 7 still have to wear mouth and nose protection in class. In high schools, the mask requirements will initially only be abolished during class work and exams.
For several Berlin colleges and the 24 community schools, this means a mask community with two classes.
Mask up to grade 6 for students AND teachers, but mask for teens from class 7 AND their teachers! And on the school grounds, everyone turns around anyway.
Mask cheeks in our schools!
Why is no uniform regulation made here? “It’s generally about grades 1 to 6, which had very low test rates in school tests and where facial expressions play a bigger role in learning,” school senator Sandra Scheeres (51) said Monday when he was asked about the BZ, SPD).
Scheeres recently stressed that it was “real time” to return to a little more normality in schools.
Because: “There are children who have worn a mask for a year and a half and have never experienced school without a mask.” This affects language development, spelling, reading skills and English lessons.
Scheeres also claims that children can wear masks if they want to. And some students made use of this Monday. For example, at the Rudolf Steiner School Berlin-Dahlem (800 students, 110 of them in 5th and 6th grade).
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Reason: “Even at our school there are quite conflicting views on the subject of the mask requirement. We are a reflection of society “, says director-director Friedrich Ohlendorf (53) about the BZ” And there will surely be one like the other high school student who wants to take off his mask. “
The fact is: Abolishing the mask requirements keeps the spirits massively heated. “Compared to the possible damage caused by an infection, the mask is only a minor injury,” warns Julia A. Noack.
She is the mother of one child at a Berlin primary school. And a petition has been launched against the lifting of the mask requirement in Berlin’s schools, which drew 2,100 people on Monday afternoon.
But: In other petitions, there have already been thousands of signatures FOR an end to the masquerade at schools.
Meanwhile, the professional association of pediatricians reiterates its demand to put an end to the masking requirement in schools: “Now it’s finally time to do normal lessons, normally by breathing through the mouth and nose without being restricted by the mask” , Said the Berlin pediatrician and association spokesman Jakob Maske on Deutschlandfunk.
Of course, this would mean that viruses would spread faster again, according to Maske. “But we don’t worry much, because children very, very, very rarely get really seriously ill.”