The children in Baden-Württemberg were able to go back to daycare centers and primary schools on Monday for the first time in almost ten weeks. How was the first day in the pandemic operation?
Rector: joy about students “predominates”
In the Karlsruhe district, Andrea Kritzer, principal of the Silcher primary school in Östringen (Karlsruhe district), was still looking forward to the students.
The y are divided in time, part of the class is on the early morning shift at school, the other part is on the late afternoon shift. Grades two and four will continue to be taught homeschooling from home.
The Silcherschule should slowly but surely find its way back to normal operations, always depending on the current situation, explained Kritzer.
During the break: disinfect the classroom
The children come in two different groups for three school hours each. In between, the teacher gets a break – also to disinfect the classroom.
The first and second graders started at the Heilbronn school this week, and grades three and four will come to the school next week.
Daycare staff in Weinheim specially trained for testing
In the “Nordlicht” day care center in Weinheim (Rhein-Neckar-Kreis), almost all of the 40 or so children returned to kindergarten on Monday morning. Since mid-December there had only been emergency care with around ten children a day.
The state pays the costs, but in most municipalities employees have to go to the pharmacy, doctor or test center. In Weinheim, on the other hand, tests are carried out on site in the daycare centers and schools – by specially trained employees.
The city received 4,500 tests from the Ministry of Social Affairs. In this way, tests can be carried out twice a week in the municipal facilities for at least the next six weeks.
The result of the antigen tests is available after 15 minutes. If it is positive, a more detailed PCR test follows. If this is also positive, the person concerned must be in quarantine.
Rapid test at the school entrance
The re, teachers and schoolchildren were able to take corona rapid tests. It feels good to be back in school after such a long time and see other people, said one student.
“I hope it stays that way. Homeschooling wasn’t so good for the exam classes. You have to teach yourself most things.”
The school management organized a lot and the start went well. But: Hundreds of students are still missing. Those who are there wear masks and there are fewer tables in the classroom. Keeping your distance and washing your hands are part of everyday school life.