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Due to the threat of freezing rain: Face-to-face teaching in the district of Ebersberg is cancelled


Highlights: Due to the threat of freezing rain: Face-to-face teaching in the district of Ebersberg is cancelled. Headmaster criticizes information policy: Way to school not feasible for many in view of snow conditions. School board still gives go-ahead for lessons despite lack of S-Bahn traffic and icy routes to school. Fire brigade called out more than 300 times on Saturday alone to clear trees from roads or close close close to homes due to the risk of snow breakage.

Status: 06.12.2023, 05:06 a.m.

By: Robert Langer, Armin Rösl, Anna Liebelt, Michael Acker

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Pupils of the Ebersberg primary and secondary school leave the school building at lunchtime. Her parents were informed the evening before about the teaching situation on Monday. © Stefan Rossmann

In the district of Ebersberg, face-to-face teaching at schools will be cancelled on Tuesday, 5 December. The reason is the threat of freezing rain. This was announced by District Administrator Robert Niedergesäß.

County - In the county, the masses of snow from the weekend continue to cause chaos. There will be no face-to-face classes at the schools on Tuesday, December 5, as District Administrator Robert Niedergesäß said on the sidelines of a meeting in the District Office. The decision was made by the coordination group for weather-related school cancellations, which is located at the school authority - in final coordination between the district administrator and the head of the school authority, Sigrid Binder. It is up to the schools to offer online lessons. There is emergency care for pupils who do not receive the cancellation in time, according to the district office.

On Monday, 4 December, the coordination group had been criticised by individual school principals because lessons had taken place on the first day of the week after the winter chaos - despite the lack of S-Bahn traffic and icy routes to school.

20 minutes before the start of school, parents of Markt Schwaben high school students received a message from the school on Monday. If the way to school turns out to be too difficult in view of the previous winter chaos weekend, the children should better stay at home, wrote headmaster Peter Popp. This at least gave the parents in Markt Schwaben and the surrounding area clarity – even if only shortly before the start of lessons.

After winter chaos weekend: School principals criticize lack of information on the part of the authority

Students and parents in other parts of the county felt differently. Already on Sunday, they heard or read about school closures in the districts of Starnberg and Mühldorf, for example, but they did not learn what the situation is in the Ebersberg area.

And that was due to this circumstance: Proactive information is only provided on the homepages of the district office or school authority when lessons are cancelled, but not when the normal case, i.e. school operation, prevails, said Hubert Schulze, team leader education in the district authority at the request of the Ebersberger Zeitung.

The district of Ebersberg was covered in snow over the weekend. Here is the city center of Ebersberg on Saturday morning. Many parents could only guess that regular classes would still take place on Monday. © SRO EBERSBERG


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More than 300 weather-related missions at the weekend: School board still gives go-ahead for lessons

Schulze is a member of the so-called coordination group for weather-related school cancellations, which is part of the school authority. It had met at the weekend and had come to the conclusion that lessons could be held on Monday. There have been no reports of disruptions, says Schulze.

How can it be when the fire brigade had to be called out more than 300 times on Saturday alone to clear trees from roads or to close traffic routes due to the risk of snow breakage? "We have to question that," Schulze said of the reporting chain. He emphasized that at the time of the decision, it was assumed that MVV would resume S-Bahn operations. That turns out to be a misconception on Monday morning.

Headmaster criticizes information policy: Way to school not feasible for many in view of the snow conditions

Markt Schwaben's headmaster Peter Popp had to pay for the lack of information from the authorities on Monday morning: "I get the anger of the parents. I would have liked to have received information from the responsible coordination group for weather-related school cancellations at the Ebersberg school authority," he told our newspaper. Especially since it was already foreseeable on Sunday that the S-Bahn and bus traffic would be severely restricted on Monday.

Because, as headmaster, he was not allowed to decide himself on the cancellation of classes at the grammar school (the district of Ebersberg is responsible for secondary schools), he had been waiting for information from the school authority or district office. In vain. At 7:38 a.m., Popp then sent his online message to the parents. As a result, many students stayed at home.

"I would have cancelled the lessons" – headmistress shows incomprehension for the decision of the school authority

Simone Voit, head of the Kirchseeon grammar school, reported that many teachers had not made it to school either. "Some of them come from Munich, sometimes they don't have a car and the S-Bahn trains don't run." If she had been able to decide for herself, "I would have cancelled classes," Voit said, "we could have switched to distance learning very quickly. That's what we've learned during the coronavirus pandemic."

Most parents could only guess that the schools in the district were operating normally. As one of the few schools, the primary and secondary school Ebersberg already informed about the current situation on its website on Sunday evening. "We are doing this service for parents who were still unsure whether classes could take place as usual due to the weather conditions," reported Rector Alexander Bär.

Lessons despite winter chaos: Grafinger school gym temporarily closed due to snow load

The school management of the Max-Mannheimer-Gymnasium Grafing had deliberately decided against such a notification. "The normal state of affairs, i.e. that school is taking place, has not changed. That's why we didn't see the need," Katja Guhl, an employee of the school management, explained the procedure. "Very few children and a few teachers are missing," she says of the teaching day. However, the Grafinger high school students also have to accept one restriction: Due to the snow load, the gym has been closed by the district office, said Guhl. "For the time being, physical education takes place in the classrooms."

In contrast to his colleagues, Marcus Schmidl, head of the Ebersberg secondary school, expressly praised the cooperation with the school authority. "Communication was very good," he said. The responsible coordination group had already been in constant contact with the government of Upper Bavaria with the first snowflake.

We school principals are also in a mailing list, there was no notification of a possible cancellation of classes

Marcus Schmidl, Headmaster of the Realschule Ebersberg

"We school principals are also in a mailing list, there was no report on a possible cancellation of classes," Schmidl explained the information situation at the weekend. Nevertheless, the boss had school and short-time work postponed this Monday despite normal operations - for the total of 160 students who had not made it to Ebersberg.

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Source: merkur

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