What happens to school children when teachers go on strike

Children have to go to class : School and BVG strike: "The phones are running hot"

The BVG strike also affects everyday school life in Berlin. How do children and teachers get to school? Let's have a look around.

Friday morning, S-Bahn line S1 in the direction of Wannsee: It's busier than usual, but the joy in a third class in Berlin should be great. “The good news: I'm on a train,” calls a woman happily into the phone. "The bad one: I'll come a few minutes later, but the children in class 3a should sit down." Will that work?

Friday morning, Gustav Heinemann School in Berlin-Marienfelde. "Students stayed with friends who live nearby so that they can come to school today," the school says.

Friday morning, out on the outskirts in Kladow. It's not just people who have to go into town - children also have to go to their school on the outskirts - and it's eleven kilometers from the nearest S-Bahn station in Spandau. After all, the children can't run across the sewage fields for hours in the morning to get to school on time. Or? "The phones are running hot," reports the secretary of the Hans-Carossa-Gymnasium in Kladow shortly before 8 am Many students have carpooled, but how many stayed at home despite the BVG strike was initially unclear.

20 percent miss rate in Malchow

Once from the deep west to the deep east of the city. Berlin's state parents' spokesman, Norman Heise, lives there - he reports to Tagesspiegel how his children get to school. "The short one went to his primary school in Marzahn this morning, as always, the older one has to go to the second lesson and I'm taking him to Lichtenberg by car because the 154 bus isn't running."

It was also difficult for the students in the Green Campus Malchow to come to class, because the catchment area is large: "Around 20 percent of the students have canceled," says school director Tobias Barthl, summarizing the situation around 10 o'clock. The Wartenberg S-Bahn station is only about a kilometer away, but "the students couldn't get on the overcrowded S-Bahn", parents from Mitte, Neukölln and Prenzlauer Berg reported when they called the school in the morning. It was only more relaxed in grades 1 to 4: The absenteeism rate was lower because the children live closer or because the parents always bring their children anyway. The travel problems were mainly among the students in grades 5 and 13. "But the teachers were all there," said Barthl.

And what about the far north? "So far, no pupil has deregistered here," reports the Evangelical School Frohnau. Simple thing: The S-Bahn station is nearby with a connection to S-Bahn line 1 - and on this route the S-Bahn also uses amplifier trains because of the BVG strike.

In principle, schooling is compulsory - even if the BVG is on strike

And now to the service for all parents and students: In principle, school attendance applies. "As a rule, it should be reasonable for the students to take care of other ways to get to school in good time," said state parent spokesman Norman Heise the day before, who had received many inquiries from parents on this topic.

Nevertheless, there could be cases in which remote schools cannot be reached without BVG. According to the School Act, it is possible to give students a leave of absence for an important reason, if this reason was not known beforehand. Students who are absent without an apology should expect the day to be recorded as an unexcused absenteeism on their report card.

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Read more about the BVG strike in Berlin

- Verdi: "All depots closed" - but the S-Bahn is running. Since the start of work on Friday morning, the BVG has been on strike, the underground and trams are not running, and few buses are in use. Everything about the strike here in the Tagesspiegel live blog.

- BVG strike: These bus routes run anyway. On Friday there is a strike in Berlin's local transport. Still, 21 bus routes operate, seven others are restricted. And many surrounding lines also run through the districts. The overview.

- The soundtrack to the BVG strike. The "Checkpoint" from the Tagesspiegel has put together five Spotify playlists. Click here for the songs. Have fun in your ear! It's this way.

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