The NRW coalition plans to start school later: many unanswered questions

The CDU and the Greens want schools to be able to start classes later. But it raises many questions – from school bus times to parental care.

The intention of the Rhine-Westphalian state government to allow classes to start later raises many questions in the school community. A number of aspects must be taken into account such as the state of care of families, available space, connections to buses and trains and making teachers’ working hours more flexible, said the chair of the NRW school management association, Antonietta Zeoli, German. Düsseldorf press agency. The Education and Training Association (VBE) made a similar statement.

In their coalition agreement, the CDU and the Greens announced that they would “allow the school conference to decide that school starts at 9am”. The current circular in force regulates as follows: “Classes start from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM.” However, during the pandemic, for reasons of preventive health protection, it was already possible to start classes from 7 am to 9 am to equalize the flow. of students.

VBE state chairman Stefan Behlau told dpa: “A change at the start of the lesson always has further consequences” – even if the later start time may be attractive. Schools in rural areas in particular need to coordinate their start times closely with neighboring schools and regional transportation companies, who in turn would have coordinated not only school buses but regular schedules as well. with schools.

“Last but not least, parents will also have to deal with the issue of child care – especially with younger children,” Behlau said. This also applies to teachers and educational staff. In this regard, individual solutions adapted to the community and the respective location of the school are important.

NRW School Minister Dorothee Feller (CDU) explained in an interview with the “Rheinische Post” at the weekend that a decision from the school conference was necessary to harmonize the needs of parents, transport companies and municipalities.



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