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Corona information
Information on school operations | Information on daycare | Information on the Test Strategy | Information for families
School Hotline +49 30 90227-6000 (Mo-Fr, 9-13 Uhr) | E-Mail: corona-schulbetrieb@senbjf.berlin.de

Current language: English

Information on Covid for Schools

Schuhe auf kreidebemalten Boden

On this page, schoolchildren, parents and school staff will find current information on questions of opening, teaching and supervision conditions in Berlin schools under Covid conditions.

Information for parents and students

School hotline

If you have any questions about school operations, please find out more on this page first. If you have further questions, you can reach our school hotline between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on weekdays.

Phone +49 30 90227-6000
Mail: corona-schulbetrieb@senbjf.berlin.de

   

Which Covid regulations are effective in schools?

Compulsory attendance applies. Compulsory testing is a prerequisite for participation in lessons and other school activities. If a pupil does not fulfil the compulsory test, he/she is not allowed to attend lessons and there is an unexcused absence which is noted on the report card.

Since April 1st only the basic protective measures according to § 28a paragraph 7 of the Federal Infection Protection Act are permitted. For schools this means that only compulsory testing is permissible. On the part of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family Affairs, however, it is still strongly recommended to wear a medical mask.

Up to and including June 3rd pupils, teachers and other members of the pedagogical staff and other persons working at the school will be compulsorily tested two days a week in the general and vocational schools. Upon request, another test is handed out on Friday in order to be able to take an additional test before classes start the following week.

For persons outside the school (e.g. parents), a 3G rule continues to apply at the following school meetings:

  • Attendance at committee meetings
  • Attendance at parent-teacher conferences, parent-teacher meetings and other scheduled on-site visits.
  • Attendance at school events

This means that persons outside the school must be vaccinated, recovered or tested to attend these meetings.

(9 May 2022)

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Is there a compulsory test for exams?

Exam candidates are – as in the previous school year – exempt from compulsory testing. This also applies to participation in non-student examinations. Examination candidates are nevertheless requested to test themselves voluntarily at school or at a testing centre before the respective examination. Schools are encouraged to offer on-site testing facilities for this purpose.

However, taking a test is not a prerequisite for taking an examination. If a self-test carried out in the school or in a testing centre is positive, the examination candidate is excused from taking part in the examination. The requirements of the specimen hygiene plans for the conduct of examinations no longer apply since 1 April. However, where possible, it is advisable to continue to maintain protective measures, such as keeping the minimum distance.

If pupils have taken a self-test at home and it is positive, § 6 of the Basic Protective Measures Ordinance applies: they must go to a testing centre for retesting. If the retesting is positive, they receive a corresponding confirmation from the testing centre, must go into isolation and are exempted from taking the examination. If the result of the retest is negative, they must have a confirmatory PCR test and are exempt from taking part in the test until a negative result is available.

(30 March 2022)

What applies to the final examinations in grades 9 and 10?

Berlin’s pupils are facing special challenges due to the Corona pandemic. Current changes for years 9 and 10 at Gymnasien, integrated secondary schools, community schools and schools with a special educational focus are intended to give more room for instruction and at the same time make it possible to obtain the intermediate school leaving certificate, the extended vocational training maturity, the vocational training maturity, the qualification equivalent to the vocational training maturity or the vocationally oriented qualification despite the tense learning situation. For details, please see the information letters below.

(22 February 2022)

Changes in the acquisition of SEK I degrees

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Changes in the acquisition of MSA/EBBR qualifications

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Changes in the acquisition of the eBBR and the MSA in the IBA course of education

Berlin’s pupils are facing special challenges due to the Corona pandemic. The current changes in the educational programme of the Integrated Vocational Training Preparation (IBA) are intended to give more room for instruction and at the same time make it possible to obtain the intermediate school leaving certificate and the extended vocational training maturity despite the tense learning situation. For details, please see the information letter below.

Changes to EBBR and MSA in the IBA programme

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PDF-Document (74.4 kB)

What applies to qualifications in the gymnasiale Oberstufe and vocational schools?

Berlin pupils in the qualification phase of the upper secondary school (gymnasiale Oberstufe) or in vocational school programmes should not suffer any disadvantages in the Abitur or in their final vocational examinations due to the effects of the pandemic on school operations.

For this reason, the following additional repetition and withdrawal rights are planned for the school year 2021/22:

Right to repeat
  • A failed Baccalaureate examination in the school year 2021/2022 may be repeated if this right has not already been exercised in the previous school year. The maximum length of stay and the number of permitted repetitions are not taken into account.
  • A corresponding right to repeat is also provided for pupils and students who do not pass final examinations of the Fachschulen, of the Berufsfachschulen in courses of education with school-based final examinations, of the Fachoberschulen or of the Berufsoberschulen or the supplementary examination for the acquisition of the Fachhochschulreife conducted in this school year. Pupils of the vocational school for geriatric care are exempt from this rule.
Right of withdrawal
  • Pupils in the qualification phase of the gymnasiale Oberstufe are given an additional right to withdraw. The maximum length of stay is not taken into account. Those who have not already made use of this right in the previous school year may withdraw.
  • A comparable right of withdrawal is available to pupils who are in the second year of a three-year course of education at a vocational school or in the third year of a four-year course of education at a vocational school. They may withdraw into the following year without counting against the number of permissible withdrawals. The right to withdraw applies accordingly to students of vocational schools. They may withdraw into the following semester. The possibility of withdrawal does not exist for students of the vocational school for geriatric care and students who are in dual training.

(March 1st, 2022)

When and for whom do the holiday schools take place?

The holiday school takes place during all school holidays and is an offer for children and young people to reduce learning deficits that have arisen. Participation is voluntary and free of charge.

The offer is open to: Pupils from grades 2 to 8
  • with corona-related learning deficits
Pupils in grades 9 to 10 and the upper secondary school,
  • who have been disadvantaged in their learning due to corona-related school closures, or
  • have language support needs or
  • want to prepare specifically for final exams (eBBR, BBR, MSA, Abitur).

Registration is done through the respective class leader or school administration.

Holiday School 2022

german leaflet

PDF-Document (120.7 kB)

When and for whom do the vocational training holiday schools take place?

The holiday school supports pupils from vocational schools and upper secondary schools, primarily from the IBA and welcome classes, in core subjects (German, mathematics, English) and in planning their professional future.

Advantages

  • improvement of your performance
  • better chances of getting good grades in the school year
  • digital learning opportunities
  • Support in planning your future career
  • Attendance note on your next school report

In the holiday school, learning content is deepened, language skills are improved and intensive preparation is made for graduation.

If you would like to take part in the programme, please fill out the registration form completely and legibly and send it by e-mail to your class teacher or directly to the coordinators.

leaflet and registration form

PDF-Document (1.4 MB)

How do students prove in free time that they have been tested in school?

The Infection Protection Measures Ordinance stipulates in various contexts of social life that persons must have tested negative for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus or must present a negative test result of a test for infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus carried out by means of a recognised test.

This does not apply to pupils who are regularly tested in schools, according to Section 6, paragraph 2 of the Fourth SARS-CoV-2 Infection Control Measures Ordinance. It states: “Proof of pupil status and the accompanying regular testing in the context of school attendance shall be deemed to have been provided in particular by the presentation of a valid pupil ID card.”

Regular testing in schools replaces compulsory testing as part of 3G in all areas of social life where 3G applies. Written proof from the school of a negative coronal test is not necessary.

According to the current “Fourth SARS-CoV-2 Infection Control Measures Ordinance”, the student ID card is also valid as proof of testing for students who make use of the suspension of compulsory attendance.

(February 2nd, 2022)

How should the Berlin schools be ventilated?

Regular cross or shock ventilation of class rooms is important because this exchanges the air indoors and removes aerosols. The virus load is thus reduced in the room.

Air purification devices are a useful addition if the structural design does not allow adequate ventilation through windows. CO~2~ measuring devices support ventilation and are another useful addition.

The best exchange of indoor air takes place with regular cross ventilation. Regular shock ventilation enables a good exchange of indoor air. Permanent tilt ventilation supports the exchange of air, but is not sufficient. Regular shock ventilation stays essential.

Regardless the type of ventilation, the following rules apply:
  1. The obligation to wear a medical face mask in closed rooms applies despite ventilation and the use of technical aids.
  2. Through regular cross or shock ventilation (3 – 5 minutes each) the indoor air is exchanged and the virus load in the room is reduced.
  3. Even when using air purification devices, the rules of hygiene and regular cross or shock ventilation must be maintained in order to supply the room with oxygen.
  4. Despite the low CO2-values, the hygiene rules and regular cross or shock ventilation must be maintained so that the room air can be exchanged.

(December 8th, 2021)

Documents

Ventilation Guide

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PDF-Document (356.1 kB) - As of: 11. November 2021

Further Information

Schnelltest Teaser

Testing

On this page, parents and professionals will find current information on the regular use of Rapid Antigen Tests in Schools and Kindergarten. Testing

Kinderspielzeug auf Boden

Information on daycare centers and day care

On this page, parents and professionals will find current information on questions about opening up and looking after Berlin day-care centers and day-care centers under Corona conditions. Information on daycare centers and day care