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If the school is too dangerous

In some districts the whole week of teaching. This is necessary or overkill?

Dominik Kalus and Jacqueline Lang

The snow brings many students in the South of Bavaria unexpectedly long Christmas holiday. In the country, Miesbach and Bad Tölz circles-Wolfratshausen remain in the schools for the whole week closed, in the district of Traunstein, Germany, this is true at least for the southern part. Elsewhere the responsible day to decide to-day whether the teaching takes place.

The reason for the drastic measures, especially the safety on the way to school. Under the weight of wet snow and trees threaten to topple. In the district of Miesbach was to call on Monday in the case of a disaster. Then the teaching is of secondary importance, said Jürgen Hot from the state Department of education in Miesbach. "The most Important thing is that the students would not be at risk. And is currently on the way to school." In addition, you have want planning certainty. "For working parents, it is hard to respond to in the short term," said Hot.

all schools in the district will be offered a care. The is asked, apparently, not enough. "We have exactly two students are currently being supervised," said Werner Oberholzner, the headmaster of the gymnasium Tegernsee on Tuesday. The lessons for the whole week to fail, was "a big decision, but an understandable". The fabric will, of course, be made up, "we have to fulfill a curriculum". Whether it would need additional instruction to actually school days, had not yet been decided.

In the Allgäu, where a lot of snow in the Winter is not uncommon, the schools are this week expected to open. The decision is made by the coordination group of the "school failure", which is made up of representatives of the Supervisory school authority, order, offices, and principals of different school types. Some school to be heads of it for Organization's sake, prefer to decide such a decision is the same for the entire week and the whole County, others wanted to better from case to case. "You can't make any law," said Thomas Prantl from the school office Ostallgäu, with a view to annoyed parents and teachers, after the dramatic weather had not previously true to say for Monday in many places, and the schools were closed.

Similarly, in the district upper allgäu. The coordination group "school and the weather," watching the weather forecasts, but you'll have to, the schools probably are not close, said the district office spokesman Andreas Kaenders. Even on Monday, only a fundamental and middle school because of a the course blew, entrance have been closed.

Even if the schools have to offer in the snow-free care, it remains with the parents, to organize themselves for the loss of teaching time differently. This is, of course, always annoying, said Martin lion, of the Executive national Board of Directors of the Bavarian parents ' Association: "But safety comes first."

The bus operator for the school transport in charge, to see the weather situation more relaxed. In the Allgäu snow this time of year was normal and the bus company were set out. "We actually ride in any weather," said a spokesman for the regional transport Allgäu GmbH (RVA). All the buses were equipped with snow chains and the drivers are regularly trained in the application of the same. The buses do not run only when roads would be closed.

In Pfronten took advantage of the rector Gerlinde Briechle teaching failure on Monday for a spontaneous in-service teacher training. The College had been trained in the use of the Portal Mebis, to enable the digital exchange between teachers and students, she said. In the case of longer weather-related school failures, this could even be an Alternative to teaching in the classroom. Because teachers can upload about homework, and Chat with the students to communicate. This is also in case of snow.

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