Information on Covid for Schools

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.

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

   

Information for parents and students

  • How will school operate in 2022/23?

    In principle, compulsory attendance applies.

    Pupils, teachers and other members of the pedagogical staff and other persons working at the school can voluntarily test themselves at school on two days a week. A further test will be handed out on request.

    Parents should inform the school in writing by 10 February 2023 – valid for the period up to 28 April 2023 – whether their daughter/son will take part in the voluntary tests. Until written consent is provided, the pupils concerned will not take part in the voluntary tests.

    No 3G rule applies to persons outside the school (e.g. parents).

    Furthermore, there is also no nationwide masking requirement at schools. However, it is of course still possible to wear a mask voluntarily.

    (2 February 2023)

  • Is there compulsory testing for school employees?

    No, there is no compulsory testing. However, teachers as well as other members of the pedagogical staff and other persons working at general and vocational schools can voluntarily test themselves at school on two days a week. Another test will be handed out upon request.

    (14th February 2023)

  • What happens if the test result is positive?

    If a pupil has a positive test result in the context of voluntary testing at school, he/she can continue to participate in lessons on the basis of the legally applicable regulations, provided he/she does not show any symptoms. The obligation to isolate is generally lifted.

    In the interest of mutual care, which is fundamentally necessary and not only in connection with the Corona virus, pupils, students and staff with symptoms of illness are requested to recover at home, if necessary after medical consultation, and to return to school only after recovery.

    (16th January 2023)

  • 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)

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. More information

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. More information