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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.

Information for schoolchildren and their parents

Questions and answers about the self-tests in school

  • How will the school operate in the school year 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)

  • What happens if the test result is positive?

    If a pupil has a positive test result in the context of the testing at school, he/she can no longer participate in lessons and must leave the school premises. It is strongly recommended to have a confirmatory test carried out by a rapid antigen test or PCR test, e.g. by a family doctor or paediatrician. If it turns out that the test carried out at school was “false positive” and an infection with the coronavirus is ruled out, compulsory attendance applies again and the pupil may attend school again.

    The same isolation period applies to pupils as to all others. As a rule, isolation ends no later than 10 days after the date of the positive test; it ends no earlier than 5 days after the date of the positive test, provided the pupil was symptom-free for 48 hours beforehand. A “free test” is no longer required.

    (16th January 2023)

Information for parents of children in kindergarten and day care

  • Is there compulsory testing in Berlin's daycare centres and childminders?

    No. Since 8 May, the existing general regular testing obligation in child day care facilities and child day care is no longer valid. With the abolition of compulsory testing, the test-to-stay approach also ceases to apply. Daycare providers and daycare centres will offer occasion-based testing from 8 May. This applies in particular if there have been Corona cases within a day-care centre or if a person has had contact with an infected person.

    (May, 9th, 2022)

  • What applies to the nursery staff?

    On 20 March 2022, the “Act Amending the Infection Protection Act and Other Regulations” came into force. This essentially limits the regulatory options of the federal states to basic protection for vulnerable groups. On the basis of these remaining legal possibilities, the Senate has passed the new Ordinance on Basic Measures for the Protection of the Population from Infection with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2SARS-CoV-2 Basic Protection Measures Ordinance – (BaSchMV), which will come into force on 1 April 2022.

    The following applies to staff in day-care centres:

    Employees who are not vaccinated or recovered within the meaning of § 2 COVID-19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance must, as before, submit a current negative test certificate on a daily basis.

    (31 March 2022)

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Information on school operations

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

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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. Weitere Informationen