Court decision: schoolchildren in Germany must go to school despite coronavirus

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Despite the high risk of coronavirus infection, students are required to continue to attend school. This decision was made by the Administrative Court in Osnabrück. Two students sued the school they attended (AZ: 3 B 63/20).

According to the court, two sisters, students of the ninth and tenth grades of secondary school in Emsland, stopped going to school in late August due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, the girls were homeschooled. The school did, however, provide face-to-face lessons, including during the lockdown. When the school insisted that the sisters return to school, the students went to court. They substantiated their statement by the fact that they protected their mother, who belongs to the risk group, from possible infection.

The court rejected the girls’ request. Children and adolescents in Germany are required to attend school. The Lower Saxony Education Act allows exceptions only in the event of a prolonged illness of the plaintiffs.

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