Urgence for OGS Burg: 120 children in Fehmarn need full-time care from August

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The open all-day school (OGS) at the primary school in Burg was a topic in the committee for culture, school, sports and social affairs in the city of Fehmarn.

  • The committee approves investment grants of around 11,000 euros.
  • In the future, we will work on a contract for underfunding.
  • Room solution at OGS Burg only a temporary solution.

Fehmarn The open all-day school (OGS) at the primary school in Burg, run by the district association of the German Child Protection Association (DKSB), is about to burst at the seams by the start of the new school year. At present, 90 children are being cared for on the premises, which are already reaching their capacity limit, and from August there will be at least 120. In the short term, only emergency solutions will help to be able to offer care to every child.

Hood dishwasher approved

It quickly became clear in the discussion in the Committee on Culture, Education, Sport and Social Affairs. A first measure, the provision of a classroom in the school building for OGS, was successfully implemented thanks to a good collaboration with the headmistress Ines Schmidt, OGS leader Carola Pomerentzka told FT. The second measure required the committee’s approval. For example, an investment expense subsidy of around 11,000 euros had to be approved for DKSB because it needs furniture, plates and cutlery as well as a cooker hood dishwasher to serve the extra lunches. The two conventional dishwashers in OGS, which are already in continuous operation, are no longer sufficient. Only Hans-Peter Thomsen (FDP-WUW) needed further explanation. After this was clarified, the committee voted unanimously in favor.

Unambiguous yes to contract change

There was also a clear yes to a contract change. So far, the city of Fehmarn has provided a subsidy per. per capita for each child at OGS Burg. The result: In recent years, DKSB has had to use its own funds (including donations) to compensate for a deficit, most recently around 22,000 euros in 2021, for 2022 it is estimated at around 54,000 euros. Financially no longer possible for DKSB, so in future work will be done on an underfinancing contract and the school authority, the city of Fehmarn, will bear the additional expenses. Initially, a contract with a term until the end of 2024 must be entered into.

For OGS in Landkirchen, which was also expanded last year due to the high demand, the financing is already regulated by means of a shortage contract, as is the case for OGS in Inselschule.

Silke Krause, pedagogical leader in the DKSB district association, makes it clear to FT that the need for care has increased sharply, especially in Fehmarn. A good example from last year: 48 of the 54 first grades at the primary school in Burg signed up for OGS. By the summer, seven fourth-graders are leaving OGS, but more than 30 new registrations are expected.

Close connection to the school’s social work

The staff will also be faced with major challenges. According to Pomerentzka, the close interaction with the school social work, in addition to the really good cooperation with the school management, has proven to be very helpful. Pomerentzka also stands for a small part of the hour. Nevertheless, OGS is still looking for coaches who can help care for the kids. If you are interested, please contact OGS as well.

The Committee on Culture, Schools, Sport and Social Affairs has done its homework with the current resolution. But he will soon have to make further groundbreaking decisions, because from 2026 there is a legal right to full-time care in primary school. But action is already needed, because from Silke Krause and Carola Pomerentzka’s point of view, the current space solution at OGS Burg can only be described as a temporary solution.

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