In Germany, each Land organizes the return to school in turn and each with its own regulations against the coronavirus. While the epidemic is on the rise again, the various health protocols and regulations on masks are making students and teachers react.

It’s already back to school for 350,000 little Berliners. Consequence of system German rotating holidays, the re-entries are made in a staggered manner. Some Lander have already done theirs last week.


After six weeks of vacation, final preparations in the Hansen family, the father fills the schoolbag for an almost normal return to school, Monday August 10, 2020. “No need for much for the first day, he explains. A notebook, the kit… Ah! And don’t forget the protective mask. ” A mask that the pupils will have to wear in the hallways.

Signposted route for entrances and exits, and compulsory presence of all students in class. Against the coronavirus, director Astrid Busse, with her 650 students, had to invent solutions: “From CP to CE1, the students will have meals on a tray in their class. The refectory is too small and we want to prevent the groups from mixing.”

“During breaks, teachers are instructed to avoid as much as possible the crowds on the stairs, when the children go down into the courtyard”, she continues. Once in the courtyard or seated in class, Berliners can take off their masks. Another teacher said she felt like she was serving as a laboratory rat, without plexiglass, without a safety distance and without masks.


“In a class of 25 or 30 students, wearing a mask in class should be compulsory “, says Professor Martin Kruggel, researcher in air circulation at the Technical University of Berlin. “This is the example given by other countries, like Israel, which have demonstrated very well that going back to school has raised the rate of infection, he indicates. I think we should draw the consequences. “

The question is: is it really so crippling to wear a mask? In my opinion, it’s a small effort with a very positive impact.Martin kruggelto franceinfo

The rules are quite different in the Rhineland : masks compulsory, including in classrooms, from primary school. Yanne Van Benthem, interviewed by local television, is back in sixth grade. “When we have to wear our masks seven hours a day, by 30 degrees, it’s still a lot to ask students, she says. I would prefer that they divide our class into two groups. “


Classes divided into two, without wearing a mask. This is the rule applied in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, a region where, a week after the start of the school year, two schools have already had to close due to infections.