Dusseldorf. The North Rhine-Westphalian Teachers’ Association has intervened in the debate about the obligation to wear a mask in schools. The NRWL demands a duty to wear a mask outside of class.
“Wearing it in class is simply not possible,” said NRWL President Andreas Bartsch to our editorial team. “But as soon as the pupils leave the class, they should be obliged by the country to wear a mouth-and-nose cover.” In the corridors it could knub, then the distances would often not be kept. In the schoolyards, it could be dispensed with because of the fresh air, he emphasized.
Bartsch also asked the NRW School Ministry to set clear guidelines for dealing with a positive corona test for a teacher. Instead of making clear specifications for this, responsibility is being shifted to schools and health departments, he criticized. “In addition, there is still no plan for what a mixed class of classroom and distance events should look like,” he told the newspaper. This also applies to a complete lockdown.
Previously, the SPD politician Thomas Kutschaty had also spoken out in the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” for a mask requirement at the start of school on August 12. “It is advisable to wear a mask at all schools, especially for the first few weeks,” said the SPD parliamentary group leader in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia. Because many people come together in a confined space, restarting after the holidays involves risks.
“The risk is increased again by the returning travelers,” Kutschaty told the “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger”. “If we are not careful now, we have to close the schools quickly.” With another corona test strategy, no mask requirement is necessary. For example, he proposed testing students with mobile teams.
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