Since the incidence is going down all over Germany, and since Würzburg, the city where our vocational school is located, is no exception, home schooling is now coming to an end. Instead, all students must return back into the classrooms. With about 30 people, it is impossible to keep a safety distance of 1.50 meters, but masks have to be worn anyway. At least in the classrooms and in the corridors, but you can now take off your mask during the breaks outside. Especially at these temperatures that’s a real blessing, because it can get really stuffy under the mask.
Another annoying thing is also the testing every other day. Particularly unpleasant are the sticks that you have to shove up your nose to take a swab. Combine that with people who have pollen or grass allergies, and you hear nothing but sneezing noises for the first 10 minutes of the lesson. Also unpleasant is that you are supposed to put the mask back on as soon as possible after testing, meaning you are supposed to sneeze into the mask, and that is not very nice.
As soon as all the testing is over, the lessons start. Here, everything runs as usual, except that everyone still has to keep the mask on. Since it’s back to face-to-face classes, some performance records have also been written so that the teachers can form a proper report card grade. There were one or two students who did not want to be tested or who had a high-risk patient in the family and therefore stayed at home, but they were then connected online and grades were then formed by presentations instead of performance records on site.
All in all, it can be said that although everyday life at the vocational school is still a bit awkward, normality is gradually returning.