Thuringian Education Minister Helmut Holter has announced that in the future, parents who do not comply with regulations regarding mandatory coronavirus testing for schoolchildren will face fines of between 60 and 250 euros. This does not apply to parents of those children and adolescents who have already been vaccinated or are recovered. Failure to do so is to be considered an offence.
Holter said the amount of the fine for parents who do not want their children to be tested should be based on a graduated scale. Repeat offenders would be subject to higher penalties. Details are still being worked out, however.
After the first two-week period, mandatory testing only for the highest warning level
There will be a testing phase during the first 14 school days, which Holter calls a safety buffer. During this time, mandatory testing for coronavirus will take place in schools twice a week. After that, mandatory testing will only exist for the highest, third warning level. The decisive criteria in this regard in Thuringia, in addition to the incidence level, will be data on hospitalizations and bed occupancy in hospital intensive care units.
The ministry has announced that a nationwide catch-up program will be launched in the new school year with inpatient schooling as early as the fall. A number of additional funding opportunities will be available to schools over the next two years. The focus is to be on the social-emotional, motor and cognitive development of children and youth.