The nerves are on edge – also with the parents and teachers. The nationwide lockdown has been in effect since midnight today. The schools are exempt from this, however. Regular lessons take place with mask and corona test compulsory. According to preliminary figures, 70 percent of children in Austria went to school on their first day. However, the situation at the schools is causing trouble. Directors and teacher representatives want to have the opportunity to decide for themselves whether they want to go into distance learning or not. Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg, Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein and Education Minister Heinz Faßmann are now being asked to act in an open letter.
100 school representatives, scientists, doctors, teachers and parents called for “distance learning” for everyone. “It would have been urgently necessary to make the schools a safe place in order to prevent further distance learning. That didn’t happen. On the contrary: it was clear from the start that the measures you had taken would not be enough, ”was criticized in this letter. The concept of open schools does not do justice to the circumstances. It goes on to say: “The decision about whether a child will continue to go to school is now cowardly turned away from parents and students.
In addition to distance learning for two weeks to break the chains of infection, they also demand care at schools for all those who need it. In addition, there should be special care times for all parents in order to be able to keep as many as possible at home. In addition, there should be a nationwide expansion of the PCR tests in schools. The student representatives recall that, according to AGES, a total of around 120,000 compulsory school students in Austria have been infected with Covid. 52% of these infections have occurred since school started.