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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 is temporarily suspended from 25 January 2022 to 28 February 2022 due to the pandemic. Attendance classes will remain the standard form. Parents have the option to decide for themselves whether their child attends school or works and learns on assignments and projects at home. Schools will provide learning opportunities for all pupils as far as possible. Should parents decide against their child’s presence at school, this must be communicated to the school immediately and informally in writing.

Compulsory test

At Berlin schools, pupils and school staff must test themselves three times a week. Learning groups in which there have been at least two positive rapid test results on one day are tested daily for one week. The adjusted test frequency also applies to the school staff who have been deployed in the affected learning groups.

  • Vaccinated persons who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last required vaccination was at least 14 days ago and
  • Recovered persons who can prove a positive PCR test result for an infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus more than six months ago and who have received at least one vaccination against Covid-19 with a vaccine approved by the European Union and whose last vaccination was at least 14 days ago and
  • Recovered persons who can prove a positive PCR test result for an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from at least 28 days and no more than six months ago are freed from the compulsory tests.

Nevertheless, we strongly recommend these people to take part in the regular tests at school voluntarily.

Face masks

All grades are required to wear a medical face mask indoors. An exemption from the mask requirement applies at primary schools for tests and presentations, at secondary and vocational schools for tests, presentations and exams.

Schools with a special educational focus are still able to agree on school-specific rules. These regulations apply regardless of the assignment of schools in the Corona step-by-step plan.

Ventilation

Berlin has already delivered 8,000 air filter devices, and a further 3,000 air filter devices will be delivered in the following months. This means that around half of the classrooms in Berlin can be supplied with air filter devices. Regular ventilation remains the most effective method to remove virus-containing aerosols from classrooms.

In all grades and school types, lessons as well as additional lessons such as religion and ideology lessons, native language lessons and other voluntary offers take place face-to-face. Extra-curricular and additional support and supervision as well as extra-curricular all-day offers take place.

(January 24th, 2022)

How to act, if you got to know, that you are infected or an affected contact?

Procedure for infections with Coronavirus

PDF-Document (92.8 kB) - As of: December 13, 2021

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.

(January 24th, 2022)

What are the quarantine rules for infected persons and contacts?

For schoolchildren and children in day care services, quarantine as a contact person can be ended after only five days by a rapid antigen test or PCR test.

Quarantine is waived for all boostered contact persons, i.e. persons with complete vaccination protection and booster vaccination. Quarantine is also waived for newly vaccinated and recovered persons if the illness or vaccination occurred less than three months ago.

Isolation after an illness can be terminated after seven days by a certified rapid antigen test or PCR test.

Those who have been identified as a contact person by the public health department will receive a quarantine certificate from their local public health department via their school. Presentation of this quarantine certificate entitles them to free testing at one of the twelve senate-owned testing centres.

(January 24th, 2022)

When and for whom does the Winter Holiday School take place?

The winter holiday school will take place from 31 January to 4 February 2022. The holiday school is an offer for children and young people to reduce learning arrears that have arisen. Participation is voluntary and free of charge.

The offer is open to:
  • Pupils in 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.

For which pupils does Berlin provide vaccination options?

In Berlin a COVID-19 vaccination is possible for children from 5 years of age. The vaccine used is the one by Biontech / Pfizer. The vaccination can be given in medical practices, in the vaccination centers and ¬– only for children under the age of 12 years – in twelve Berlin schools. The vaccination teams are trained in advising parents and young people.

Those wishing to be vaccinated can make an appointment online for one of the Berlin vaccination centers or book via the vaccination hotline at +49 30 90 28 22 00. In addition, there are twelve schools in Berlin where children between the age of 5 and 11 can be vaccinated. Appointments for this are only available *via the vaccination hotline at +49 30 90 28 22 00.

Children and young people up to the age of 16 must appear accompanied by a custodian. A written vaccination permit without appearing in person is not sufficient. 16 to 18-year-old youngsters need a written vaccination permit from their guardian. Accompaniment is not necessary, but possible.

Vaccinations in families are a significant contribution to improve protection against infection, which in turn also benefits children and adolescents in schools and daycare centers, who are not able to be vaccinated. This is as well an important contribution to the further stabilization of the daycare and school system. We therefore ask you together with the Senate Department for Health to take advantage of the increasing opportunities for vaccination.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved the BionTech/Pfizer vaccine for children and adolescents from 5 years of age. According to current knowledge the advantages of vaccination outweigh the risk of very rare vaccination side effects.

The German Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) initially recommended the vaccination only for children aged 5 to 11 years with various previous illnesses as well as for children living with people live at high risk of a severe course of Covid-19. The STIKO issued in August a COVID-19 vaccination recommendation for children and adolescents aged up to 12 years.

In its most recent declaration the STIKO pointed out that parents, teachers, educators and other caregivers of children and adolescents should urgently take advantage of the vaccination offer, including a booster.

The information sheet for vaccination is available for download in numerous languages.

You find further information on COVID-19-vaccination online”:https://www.berlin.de/corona/impfen/faq/ at the Website of the Berlin Senate.

(December 15th, 2021)

How can pupils aged 16 and older get vaccinated in school?

The Berlin Senate has created a voluntary vaccination offer for pupils aged 16 and older. Such vaccination offers have been available since August 2021 at the Oberstufenzentren and the Secondary Schools.

In coordination with the Senate Department for Health, Care and Equal Opportunities, the German Red Cross and the management of the vaccination centers at Messe Berlin and the former Tegel Airport appointments can be arranged individually for smaller groups of pupils at a vaccination center.

If you are interested in a vaccination, parents or pupils of legal age must fill out the Vaccination offer form for Pupils from 16 years of age and contact the Klassenleitung or Oberstufenkoordinator. The vaccinations take place during school days.

(December 8th, 2021)

Vaccination offer form for Pupils from 16 years of age

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PDF-Document (52.3 kB) - As of: 21. Oktober 2021

Information for parents concerning the vaccination offer for Pupils from 16 years of age

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PDF-Document (210.9 kB) - As of: 21. Oktober 2021

How is the classification in the Corona Stufenplan for Berlin schools carried out?

The Corona Stufenplan for Berlin schools is built up with experts in the hygiene advisory board (scientists, medical officers, parent representatives, headmasters, associations and others) and regularly adapted to the current pandemic situation. There are three levels of grading for each school: green, yellow, red. In addition to the infection rate in the school and the general infection rate in the local area of the school, the concrete spatial structure of the school is also taken into account.

The Stufenplan describes measures that relate to the implementation of regular operations as well as hygiene requirements i.e. wearing Face Masks and Distancing.

The level of each school is assigned in coordination with the district health department and the regional school supervisory authority. School-specific levels are assigned on Thursdays. The transmitted measures are to be announced to the school community on Friday and have to be implemented the following Monday.

The Corona Stufenplan is an appendix to the general hygiene plans for

(December 8th, 2021)

Is there a general mask requirement in Berlin schools?

All grades are required to wear a medical face mask indoors. An exemption from the mask requirement applies at primary schools for tests and presentations, at secondary and vocational schools for tests, presentations and exams.

Schools with a special educational focus are still able to agree on school-specific rules. These regulations apply regardless of the assignment of schools in the Corona step-by-step plan.

The mask requirement is generally regulated in the general hygiene plans for Berlin schools. In the Corona Stufenplan for Berlin schools are the regulations for the different levels set out. Depending on the level, it provides separate measures and hygiene rules for the schools. The different levels are

  • green *
Regular operation There is the requirement to wear a face mask.
  • yellow *
Alternating Lessons It is mandatory to wear a medical face mask in closed rooms and under covered areas. The medical face mask can be placed on the school premises if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained.
  • red *
School-guided learning at home It is mandatory to wear a medical face mask in closed rooms and under covered areas. The medical face mask can be placed on the school premises if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained.

(December 8th, 2021)

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

General Hygiene Plan for Primary Schools

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PDF-Document (221.8 kB) - As of: 10. November 2021

General Hygiene Plan for Secondary Schools

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PDF-Document (259.7 kB) - As of: 10. November 2021

General Hygiene Plan for Vocational Schools

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PDF-Document (251.4 kB) - As of: 10. November 2021

Corona Stufenplan for Schools in Berlin 2021/22

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PDF-Document (79.8 kB) - As of: 11. November 2021

Ventilation Guide

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

Further Information

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Testing

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

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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