Reader ‘s opinion Our school does not follow the mask recommendation

We, the adults at school, encourage students to be long-term on a daily basis and to do things that don’t always feel nice – and at the same time we do the exact opposite.

The metropolitan area the municipalities came into force on wednesday on november 11 with a face mask recommendation for all basic education staff, which was communicated to staff on tuesday on november 10.

I worked as a teacher in elementary school, and my embarrassment when I got to work on Wednesday morning was great when I found out that I was the only one in the teacher’s room who had followed the recommendation. At the beginning of the lessons, there were masks about every fourth. After the first hours, the masks disappeared from their faces again as the staff gathered together in the teacher’s room to sip coffee and exchange news.

During Thursday and Friday, the number of masks decreased even more during lessons. Students were also confused: Why do some adults wear a mask? Are adults wearing the mask coronavirus positive?

As early as Tuesday, after receiving information about the mask recommendation, several school staff members stated that they could not use the mask due to breathing problems or discomfort in the mask. Using a mask in speech work is really anything but nice, but after the first few hours I noticed that I was already used to the situation.

I am ready to protect the other, despite all the discomfort, if this can be continuity of contact teaching secured. However, I hope that my colleagues will also carry their cards into the pile. It’s a little hard to imagine that our teachers, for example, would have more breathing problems than the average population.

We, the adults at school, encourage students to be long-term on a daily basis and to do things that don’t always feel nice – and at the same time we do the exact opposite.

I want to believe that my work community is an exception. However, I hope that school staff will receive clear guidance at city level on when masks should be used, as even academically educated adults will obviously not be able to function without precise, top-down rules.

Masked teacher

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