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Missed material, missing grades, postponed exams: Many questions are currently still unanswered

Every morning is very exciting for school bosses. “The orders from the ministry are constantly changing,” says Sigrid Binder, director of the Ebersberger Schulamt. Christiane Goldschmitt-Behmer, the principal of the Grafinger primary school, agrees with her that she always has to “act on a daily basis”. And that will probably not change that quickly. Because many questions are still unanswered, especially if the school closure should drag on longer than just until the Easter holidays – which it currently looks like.

What happens then? Is there a contingency plan for this case? How should all missing learning content be made up for, all missing grades made up for? Nobody in the Ebersberg schools currently has a convincing answer to that. “If the procedure continues as before in the next few weeks, you might want to consider canceling the Pentecost holidays in order to make up for the missing material in class,” says Kirchseeon father Andreas Helge.

But not only the curriculum and grading, but also all the upcoming appointments in school life are causing headache for those responsible. Many final exams have to be postponed and school changes have to be organized. The assessments in the Ebersberg district range from confident to worried, everyone sincerely hopes that there won’t be any major problems.

The Bavarian Ministry of Culture has just adapted the transition process for the fourth graders to the current situation: The corresponding certificate will only be available on May 11th, and enrollment in the secondary schools should then take place from May 18-22. “And I assume that we can keep it up,” says Rüdiger Modell, principal of the Vaterstetten high school. The associated information events were of course all canceled, it is said that interested families are now to be provided with facts and impressions digitally. “I was even forced to make a welcome video,” says Simone Voit from the Kirchseeon high school and laughs.

Qualifications and secondary school qualifications are also affected: At the Poing middle school, for example, the practical and oral examination dates have been postponed twice, “and we may even have to do it a third time,” feared Rector Eva Guerin. The Abi timetable is also far from certain – one thing is certain: “We want to stay very close in preparation, regardless of the channels,” says Voit. Rudi Bäuml from the Ebersberger Realschule has another problem, of course: his gymnasium has been transformed into an auxiliary hospital. “That means there could be a problem with physical education,” says the principal. “But of course we would also have complete understanding of this.”

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