Until now, things generally turned out to be a bit harder or longer than expected. But they can also be much easier – and that, where we expected it least: taking Lou and Luca out of school.
We started off reading the regulations for home schooling or „Privatunterricht“ and ordered the necessary forms to fill in. That was the first positive surprise: There were five pages to fill in, each with a modest amount of required information. The sixth page was designated to be filled in by the teacher who should support us as a professional, and who should see to it that we stick to the official curriculum. But how could anyone take that responsibility – us being far away? That was also the question of Sibylle, whom we asked if she would take on this task. She decided to ask the school inspector personally as to how this regulation was to be understood. His answer came as a suprise: If we intended to be away for longer than three months, all we needed to do is send a letter to the head of school and give notice of our departure. No forms to fill in, no teacher needed to coach us. Could it be that simple? Yes! Yesterday, we received a favourably written short confirmation letter by the head of school, wishing us a wonderful and exciting time!
Thank you, Bern, for giving parents the freedom to decide for themselves what is best for their family. Thank you for being so refreshingly unbureaucratic!
What does that teach us? Never expect anything! Just take things as they come.
Karin und Marian