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Silvia Steiner, President of the cantonal directors of education (EDK), wants more schoolchildren to be tested for the corona virus – first in the canton of Zurich. The quarantine rule should be relaxed in schools that tested repetitively.
The idea is that if the pool test is positive, the whole class no longer has to be quarantined, Steiner said in an interview with the “view». Children and schools participating in repetitive tests should be exempt from quarantine.
Uniform solution for all cantons?
A decision to introduce repetitive tests in all cantons is currently not on the agenda, Steiner told the newspapers of CH Media. The EDK is convinced that locally adapted measures contribute more to containing the consequences of the corona than a uniform Swiss solution.
Steiner does not accept the accusation that the authorities do not protect the schoolchildren enough. The schools work every day to ensure that the children are protected as well as possible, but also have a normal everyday school life, she told the “Blick”.
But she understands that the parents are concerned. After all, they are responsible for their children. But children couldn’t be locked up. You could come into contact with the virus anywhere, such as playing outside or at a birthday party.
One cannot simply shift the responsibility onto the schools. Everyone is challenged. “Parents, schools, teachers and the cantons – they all have to pull together so that we can get the situation under control,” Steiner said.
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