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What Missouri Schools Can Learn From How Germany Has Handled School Reopenings

Ryan Delaney
St. Louis Public Radio
Students leave Karl-Schiller-Berufskolleg in Brühl, a secondary school outside Cologne, Germany. Students are required by the school to wear masks on schools grounds.

In St. Louis, many public school districts are just beginning to bring students back for in-person instruction. Saying it’s still not safe, other districts continue to offer only a virtual model. But in Germany, things look much different. School was in session last spring, and it resumed in person again in August — and not just for little kids, either.

St. Louis Public Radio education reporter Ryan Delaney is in Germany for one month thanks to the Education Writers Association and the Pulitzer Center. He joined St. Louis on the Air Wednesday from Berlin to discuss what he’s learned about the German way of handling education in the pandemic.

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Sarah Fenske served as host of St. Louis on the Air from July 2019 until June 2022. Before that, she spent twenty years in newspapers, working as a reporter, columnist and editor in Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles and St. Louis.

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