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Testing

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All information on the test strategy of the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family and on the use of rapid antigen tests in schools, daycare centers and youth facilities is gathered here.

There is a compulsory test for pupils and all persons who are in regular direct contact with pupils in schools. Pupils are obliged to test themselves three times a week in school. As an alternative to the self-test in school, pupils and school staff can submit a negative test result of a public test center (not older than 24 hours). A positive test result requires immediate PCR testing in one of the central test centers.

  • Study groups in which there were at least two positive quick test results will be tested daily for one week. The adjusted test frequency also applies to the school staff who were deployed in the affected learning groups.

Information for schoolchildren and their parents

Information for parents of children in kindergarten and day care

Information for schoolchildren and their parents

Questions and answers about the self-tests in school

How is the self-testing of the students carried out?

The tests are carried out by the pupils themselves and accompanied by the teachers, from the smear to the reading of the result, in an age-appropriate manner.

The students take a smear in the front nasal area (for cicra 15 seconds / nostril). After the smear has been taken, the pupils in grades 7 to 13 put their mask back on immediately. The self-test can take place in the classroom or, depending on the local conditions, in other rooms, always in compliance with the known hygiene rules (AHA + L).

Before the first use of a self-test, the pupils are informed by the educational staff about the necessity and the procedure of the test by the educational staff. The Senate Administration provides handouts and explanatory videos for this purpose.

The tests take place in small groups in the first lesson or at the beginning of emergency care. The room must be well ventilated, the distance control must be guaranteed. Outdoor tests are possible if the weather permits.

The student ID card serves as proof that students are regularly tested. Outside of school, it is sufficient as 3G proof.

(December 8, 2021)

How is the VIROMED Rapid Test carried out by NanoRepro?

For the VIROMED Rapid Test from NanoRepro, a simple swab in the front area of ​​the nose (nasal) is sufficient. The test is more convenient and easier to perform than conventional antigen tests.

  1. Insert the absorbent tip of the swab into both nostrils about 1.5 cm, rotate the swab in a circular against the inside walls of your nostril 5 times or more.
  2. Insert the swab into the sample tube prefilled with extraction buffer. Mix well and squeeze the swab 10-15 times by compressing the walls of the tube against the swab.
  3. Roll the swab head against the inner wall of the tubes as you remove it. Try to release as much liquid as possible.
  4. Close the cap of the sample tube. Add 3 full drops of the mixed solution vertically into the sample well (S) of the test cassette.
  5. Read the result 15-20 minutes after adding the sample. Result got after 20 minutes is invalid.

If you have two lines, the test result means that SARS-CoV-2 antigen are detectable in your sample. The detection of these antigens indicates with a high probability of infection with the novel coronavirus. In this case, please go immediately to a PCR post-test center.

Brief instructions for the VIROMED Rapid Test from NanoRepro

Here you can find further information from the manufacturer on the VIROMED Rapid Test from NanoRepro

(December 8, 2021)

Brief instructions VIROMED Rapid Test from NanoRepro

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How is the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antigen test kit (colloidal gold) from Anhui Deepblue used?

For the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antigen test kit (colloidal gold) from Anhui Deepblue, a simple swab in the front area of ​​the nose (nasal) is sufficient.

  1. Insert the absorbent tip of the swab into both nostrils about 1.5 cm, rotate the swab in a circular against the inside walls of your nostril 5 times or more.
  2. Insert the swab into the sample tube prefilled with extraction buffer. Mix well and squeeze the swab 10-15 times by compressing the walls of the tube against the swab.
  3. Roll the swab head against the inner wall of the tubes as you remove it. Try to release as much liquid as possible.
  4. Close the cap of the sample tube. Add 3 full drops of the mixed solution vertically into the sample well (S) of the test cassette.
  5. Read the result 15-20 minutes after adding the sample. Result got after 20 minutes is invalid.

If you have two lines, the test result means that SARS-CoV-2 antigen are detectable in your sample. The detection of these antigens indicates with a high probability of infection with the novel coronavirus. In this case, please go immediately to a PCR post-test center.

Brief instructions for the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antigen test kit (colloidal gold) from Anhui Deepblue Medical Technology

Here you can find further information from the manufacturer on the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) antigen test kit (colloidal gold) from Anhui Deepblue Medical Technology

(December 8, 2021)

Self-test quick guide Deepblue

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How is the NASOCHECKcomfort SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test carried out by Lepu Medical Technology in schools?

For the NASOCHECKcomfort SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test from Lepu Medical Technology, a simple swab in the front area of ​​the nose (nasal) is sufficient.

  1. Open the sealed pouch and remove the test card. Use the test card within one hour of opening the pouch. Place the test card on a flat surface, and remove the adhesive’s cover-lay
  2. Take out the swabs from stick-end. Then insert the swab fully into the nasal cavity until you feel resistance (about 2-3cm for adults) and gently rotate 5 times for both sides to collect specimens.
  3. Insert the swab head into well A from the bottom of well B on the test card.
  4. Add 6 drops of the Sample Treatment Solution to well A, then rotate the swab twice from different directions.
  5. Fold the left side over to fit two sides together closely, and start timing.
  6. Wait for the purple-red line to appear, and read the test results in 15-20 minutes.

If you have two lines, the test result means that SARS-CoV-2 antigen are detectable in your sample. The detection of these antigens indicates with a high probability of infection with the novel coronavirus. In this case, please go immediately to a PCR post-test center.

Video Instructions on NASOCHECKcomfort

Here you can find further information from the manufacturer on the NASOCHECKcomfort SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test from Lepu Medical Technology

(December 8, 2021)

Brief instructions NASOCHECKcomfort SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test from Lepu Medical Technology

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How does the self-test work for pupils who are unable to carry out independent tests even under supervision?

The hardship rule applies to schoolchildren who are unable to carry out the test themselves due to physical or mental impairments: the parents / legal guardians take over the “home testing” after consultation with the school management:/sen/bjf/corona/tests/#selbsttest. A certificate of the negative test result must be presented to the school.

For pupils who do not have a test carried out due to physical or mental impairments, the school management together with their parents / legal guardians will decide on the type of schooling.

The regionally based school psychology and inclusion education advisory and support center (SIBUZ) can be consulted.

(December 8, 2021)

How are the conditions under which the self-tests take place?

The supervision of the pupils while self-testing is part of the supervisory duty of the teachers. This is an obligation in the context of the employment or employment relationship, so that you are not fundamentally allowed to refuse to supervise. This applies to civil servants and salaried teachers alike.

After the consultation with experts from the Hygiene Advisory Board and the health authorities we can approve, that it is not necessary to wear additional protective clothing in addition to the masks if the otherwise applicable hygiene rules are observed. Wearing an FFP2 mask and keeping the necessary distance is indicated.

To ensure the safety of the pupils, only self-tests that have been checked by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) and are on the list of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) are used. In addition, the pupils are supervised while self-testing.

In rare cases, skin contact with buffer or test liquid does not pose a health risk. The affected part of the body should be rinsed off with water. Medical advice should be sought in the event of irritation.

(December 8, 2021)

Does the risk of infection increase in the classroom if the students remove their masks for testing?

The time in which the mask must be removed for the test is less than a minute. The risk of infection increases only minimally. Nevertheless, the distance between each other should be consistently maintained during this period and the room should be well ventilated.

(December 8, 2021)

Is self-testing possible regardless the age of the students?

Yes. The tests are designed so that they can also be used by younger students with appropriate guidance. Experience in schools – also in other countries – show, that pupils get along well with handling the tests.

To support the implementation of the self-tests, the Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family provides explanatory videos, which you can find on this page.

The Video of the Augsburger Puppenkiste is also suitable to take away fears from young school students

(December 8, 2021)

Do you need parental consent for the test?

A declaration of consent from the parents or legal guardians or the adult students is not required for the testing of the students in the school.

(December 8, 2021)

How is liability regulated if children injure themselves during tests?

If a child is injured with a cotton swab, for example, the student accident insurance will apply. However, due to the design of the self-tests, this is very unlikely.

Teachers and other school staff are obliged to intervene if assistance is required to prevent physical injury or damage to health. The State of Berlin is liable to the injured student for physical injury or damage to health as a result of neglected relief measures in accordance with the principles of state liability for actions under private law.

There is only a risk of financial damage to the teacher / other school staff due to civil liability, if any, in the event of intentional or grossly negligent failure to provide assistance.

To ensure the safety of the pupils, only self-tests are used, that have been checked by the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) and are on the list of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). In addition, the pupils are supervised while carrying out the self-test.

(December 8, 2021)

What if parents or legal guardians do not want to allow a test?

Obligation to be present means that the pupils are obliged to take part in face-to-face lessons and also to comply with all existing protective and hygiene measures. This includes testing. Unexcused absence will be noted on the annual certificate. School-guided learning at home (so called SaLzH) is not provided in the case of unexcused absence.

  • Not wanting to have a child tested in school is not a sufficient justification for not taking part in face-to-face lessons.
In individual cases, special health risks can justify school-guided learning at home (SaLzH). Pupils can be freed from the requirement to be present at school if they have an underlying disease which can lead to a particular health risk caused by Covid. The particular risk of the student must be proven by means of a specially substantiated medical certificate (so-called qualified certificate). The school management makes the decision about not attending classroom teaching.

(December 8, 2021)

What happens if the test result is positive?

A positive test result should not be interpreted as a positive result of Covid 19 disease. The person concerned is to be treated as a suspected case. Therefore, a positive test result from a lay antigen self-test must always be checked separately using a PCR test.

In addition, the following measures must be taken:
  • The student concerned must be isolated from the group immediately. For this purpose, the school provides suitable rooms in which supervision takes place in compliance with the distance and hygiene regulations. Supervision can also take place outdoors.
  • The school informs the parents / legal guardians and discusses the further procedure (PCR testing) directly.
  • Affected pupils and their parents / legal guardians go to one of the central test centers for a PCR follow-up test.
  • Adult / adult schoolchildren with a positive test result go immediately to one of the PCR follow-up test centers for a PCR test. There is daily testing without prior appointment.
  • Affected pupils go after the PCR follow-up test in quarantine, until the result of the PCR follow-up test is received.
  • An entry in the Corona warning app only makes sense if the PCR follow-up test has also turned out positive!
  • If the PCR follow-up test result is positive, the responsible health department of the person tested will be informed directly by the test center.
  • If the PCR follow-up test result is positive, please inform the school directly about the test result and remain in isolation at home until the end of the quarantine.
  • The other people who were in the room while the antigen rapid test was being carried out are not automatically considered to be contact persons. They take part in the class.

(December 8, 2021)

Where are the central test centers for the PCR follow-up tests?

Pupils with a positive rapid test result can be tested free of charge every day at the central PCR follow-up test centers. It is tested exclusively without prior appointment. This ensures that the follow-up test centers can be visited immediately after a positive test result in the school / daycare centers.

Testzentrum Berlin Ost Lückstr. 73, 10317 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 9-18 Uhr
Testzentrum Neukölln Leinestraße 37-45, 12049 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 10-18 Uhr
Testzentrum Steglitz-Zehlendorf Schloßstraße 37, 12163 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Tempelhof-Schöneberg Mariendorfer Damm 64, 12109 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa- So 9-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Marzahn-Hellersdorf Jänschwalder Str. 4, 12627 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Wedding Müllerstraße 143, 13353 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Berlin Nord Groscurthstr. 29-33, 13125 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-17 Uhr
Testzentrum Berlin Lichtenberg Treskowallee 8, 10318 Berlin Mo- Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 10-18 Uhr
Testzentrum Oberschöneweide Ernst-Ziesel-Straße 1, 12459 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-17 Uhr
Testzentrum Berlin Spandau Am Juliusturm 64, 13699 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-13 Uhr, Sa 8-11 Uhr
Testzentrum Reinickendorf Senftenberger Ring 3a, 13439 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-17 Uhr
Testzentrum Plaza Frankfurter Allee 71-77, 10247 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 10-18 Uhr

(December 8, 2021)

If a test result is positive, will all children who test themselves at the same time be sent into quarantine?

No. The rule for the decision to isolate at home is still: 10 minutes of direct contact, without distance and without a mask. As a rule, this cannot happen during the short self-test.

You can find more information about the contact scenarios in schools in our graphic

(December 8, 2021)

After a negative test of the entire class / group, is it possible to dispense with distance and mask?

No. The rules set out in the Hygiene Ordinance (SchulHygiene Covid-19 Verordnung – SchulHygCoV-19-VO) continue to apply Regulations.

(December 8, 2021)

Are there alternatives to self-testing in school?

Yes. If you do not want to use a self-test in the school, you have the following options:

  1. The pupil brings a certificate stating that he or she has carried out a PCR or Point-of-Care (PoC) antigen test at a public test center and that this test turned out negative. The test must not be older than 24 hours.
  2. The pupil is already fully vaccinated and brings proof of this (e.g. vaccination card). The vaccination, which is necessary for complete vaccination protection, must be at least 14 days ago.

(December 8, 2021)

What about data protection?

It is part of everyday school life that pupils gain knowledge about the well-being of their classmates through cooperation. In the pandemic, this also includes knowledge of a possible infection with the Coronavirus after a self-test.

The test results represent special categories of personal data in terms of data protection law in accordance with Art. 9 GDPR. The school, as the body responsible for data protection law, is entitled to process the test results solely for the purpose of maintaining teaching and attendance operations under pandemic conditions. The legal basis for this is “§ 64 Paragraph 1 Clause 1 and 2 SchulG”: https://www.schulgesetz-berlin.de/berlin/schulgesetz/teil-v-schulverhaeltnis/abschnitt-v-datenschutz/sect-64-datenverarbeitung-und-auskunftsrechte.php.

(December 8, 2021)

Information for parents of children in kindergarten and day care

How are self-tests used in daycare facilities?

Parents are currently receiving rapid antigen tests for two weekly tests per child through their facility. We ask you to make continuous and regular use of these possibilities and thus to contribute to a safe care in Kindergarten and Child Care. The swab sticks only need to be inserted approx. 2-2.5 centimeters into the nose and are therefore particularly suitable for use on children. Here you will find instructions for using the self-tests

In the future, lollipop quick tests are to be “made available” to the Berlin day care centers for testing children:/sen/bjf/service/presse/pressearchiv-2021/pressemitteilung.1148328.php. The advantage of the lollipop tests is that they are easier to use for toddlers. The children can put the lollipop in their mouths under guidance and wait for a while. Then the lollipop is taken out of the mouth. The result can be read after a few minutes.

The daycare centers also receive additional antigen tests for regular self-tests of the staff.

(November 18, 2021)

What happens if the self-test is positive?

A positive test result should not be interpreted as a positive result of Covid 19 disease. The person concerned is to be treated as a suspected case. Therefore, a positive test result from a lay antigen self-test must always be checked separately using a PCR test.

In addition, the following measures must be taken:

  1. Please let your Kindergarten Know about the test result of your toddler.
  2. Ask your consult your pediatrician or general practitioner for a follow-up PCR Test.
  3. Please go in quarantine, until the result of the PCR follow-up test is received.
  4. If the PCR follow-up test result is positive, the responsible health department of the person tested will be informed directly by the test center.

(December 8, 2021)

Where are the central test centers for the PCR follow-up tests?

Pupils with a positive rapid test result can be tested free of charge every day at the central PCR follow-up test centers. It is tested exclusively without prior appointment. This ensures that the follow-up test centers can be visited immediately after a positive test result in the school / daycare centers.

Testzentrum Berlin Ost Lückstr. 73, 10317 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 9-18 Uhr
Testzentrum Neukölln Leinestraße 37-45, 12049 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 10-18 Uhr
Testzentrum Steglitz-Zehlendorf Schloßstraße 37, 12163 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Tempelhof-Schöneberg Mariendorfer Damm 64, 12109 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa- So 9-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Marzahn-Hellersdorf Jänschwalder Str. 4, 12627 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Wedding Müllerstraße 143, 13353 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-16 Uhr
Testzentrum Berlin Nord Groscurthstr. 29-33, 13125 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-17 Uhr
Testzentrum Berlin Lichtenberg Treskowallee 8, 10318 Berlin Mo- Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 10-18 Uhr
Testzentrum Oberschöneweide Ernst-Ziesel-Straße 1, 12459 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-17 Uhr
Testzentrum Berlin Spandau Am Juliusturm 64, 13699 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-13 Uhr, Sa 8-11 Uhr
Testzentrum Reinickendorf Senftenberger Ring 3a, 13439 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-15 Uhr, Sa-So 10-17 Uhr
Testzentrum Plaza Frankfurter Allee 71-77, 10247 Berlin Mo-Fr 8-17 Uhr, Sa-So 10-18 Uhr

(December 8, 2021)

Centers for PCR follow-up tests for schools, daycare centers, day care centers

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