Schools: Many questions before lockdown ends

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On December 7, school operations are to be resumed – but many details are still open. In addition to the possible gradual opening, there is a space problem at many locations.

When all classes start teaching again next week, Bernd Vogel, director of the Parhamergymnasium in Hernals, for example, has a “space problem”. He has been looking around for a few weeks now to see where rooms could be rented. The Kleinbühne Kulisse would have been willing to provide the room for lessons free of charge. But there were legal obstacles, Vogel said: “We have been instructed by the Directorate of Education to wait until it has been clarified under what conditions this can be done.

The department of the Directorate of Education says: An offer of space outside the school building requires an examination by the Federal Real Estate Company or MA 56, with regard to building authority regulations, financial feasibility and suitability for teaching.

Staff representative: Shift operation possible
The planning of preventive measures had been tackled far too late, criticized Thomas Krebs, chairman of the Union of Compulsory School Teachers Vienna (FCG), in an open letter to the Minister of Education, Mayor and Education City Council. “We now have to find a solution that we can make do with the rooms we have available in the schools. This could be, for example, shift work, which many colleagues consider to be quite feasible – both in terms of education and in line with the pandemic, in order to keep the number of infections low,” said Krebs.

He called for a “speedy decision” with clear guidelines by Wednesday and “a certain degree of autonomy for the schools so that they can adapt a solution to their situation”. Christoph Wiederkehr (NEOS), the new city councilor for education, is also in favor of shift work at compulsory schools: “It is important that schools can decide for themselves how they want to run their classes in staggered shifts. This must be seen for itself at the school location.

hp, Source: vienna.ORF.at. picture: pixabay.com

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