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Last updated on 20. November 2020

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What rules apply to primary schools?

Federal state Answer
Baden-Württemberg The schools are in normal operation. Lessons should take place in groups that are as fixed as possible, so that the students mix as little as possible. Additional school buses should ensure that the pupils do not sit too close together. Regular shock ventilation is necessary. Kindergartens are allowed to take groups on a walk in the forest or similar. The same applies to schools and other social institutions. Children in one class may go to school together.
Bavaria In the new school year, masks are compulsory, even at primary schools. Mouth and nose protectors are to be worn all the way to the classroom. With an incidence of over 50, Prime Minister Markus Söder advocates compulsory masks at primary schools as well. For schools and kindergartens there are multi-stage plans on how to proceed depending on the local pandemic course. Local closures should be the last option.
Berlin The schools are in normal operation. At the moment it is autumn holidays. Students do not have to keep a minimum distance. Teachers and students are required to wear masks, but this does not apply in class. At the request of parents, a class can voluntarily agree to wear the mask in class. Sports, music and theatre lessons may take place again. Singing together in closed rooms is not allowed.
Brandenburg The schools are open again normally. At the moment there are autumn holidays in Brandenburg. In schools and after-school care centres, students and teachers are required to wear masks in the corridors, corridors, stairwells and while queuing in front of refectories - but not in classrooms and schoolyards. Distance rules do not apply to pupils, but they should sit as well as possible in such a way that close contact is minimized.
Bremen In the new school year there is limited regular operation. At the moment it is autumn holidays. The plan is to have "class teams as permanent as possible". There are no plans to make masks compulsory in primary schools, but the schools themselves will decide on this. Cross-class groups may be formed with up to 120 pupils, e.g. during breaks or during all-day care.
Hamburg All pupils in a class may again be taught together. The requirement of 1.5 metres distance between pupils for the school year 2020/21 at class or year level will be maintained for the time being. Primary school pupils are not required to wear masks. In certain situations there are exceptions for children of one grade level. All Hamburg teachers and other school employees can have themselves tested on Corona several times free of charge. Classrooms must be ventilated regularly (every 20 minutes for at least 5 minutes).
Hesse In Hesse it is just autumn holidays. In the primary schools, it was planned that the school management could order the wearing of a mouth-and-nose cover in the school building outside of classroom instruction in the class or course group. In music lessons, joint singing and making music with wind instruments is only permitted outdoors. Every teacher can probably be tested for a possible corona infection before the start of the new school year. Municipalities can order compulsory masking in lessons if the number of cases increases.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania There is a reliable and daily regular lesson for all pupils. Primary school pupils should receive at least 4 hours of instruction daily. The mask obligation applies from class 5 on; thus the primary school pupils are exempt. There are free corona tests for teachers. School closures will only be made if there are corona cases in the respective educational institution.
Lower Saxony Teaching has started at the schools, but there are restrictions due to first corona cases. At the moment it is autumn holidays. Masks should be worn in the corridors and are recommended during breaks. Classes are to be organised in such a way that the rules of distance can be observed. If pupils in a cohort (learning groups with up to 120 children and adolescents) remain among themselves, the mask can also be dispensed with in a separate school wing. After Corona cases, many classes and cohorts are back in home schooling.
North Rhine-Westphalia In North Rhine-Westphalia school has started again. But at the moment it is autumn holidays. Employees of the schools can have themselves tested on Corona every 14 days voluntarily and free of charge. Outside of class, a mask is mandatory.
Rhineland-Palatinate The school year began with normal attendance classes. But at the moment it is autumn holidays. The hygiene plan, which has been further developed for the new school year, no longer provides for distance teaching. Students must wear a so-called everyday mask outside the classroom.
Saarland Normal attendance classes with compulsory education are again planned at all schools. Classes are to take place in fixed groups within a year. At the moment, however, there are autumn holidays. During lessons and breaks no masks have to be worn, but in principle they do in the school building.
Saxony School has started again, but at the moment it is autumn holidays. The minimum distance of 1.50 metres no longer applies. The school management can decide when and where a mask is to be worn. There is no comprehensive mask obligation. Regular airing is recommended. Persons from outside the school must wear a mask in the schools.
Saxony-Anhalt Schools have started normal operation with a changing model and rigid groups. School administrators decide themselves when and where masks are to be worn. Care must be taken to air the masks regularly.
Schleswig-Holstein It's fall break. Otherwise there is a division of the pupils into fixed large groups according to grade. Within the classes the distance rule applies. For all classes the wearing of a mouth and nose protector on school grounds is mandatory, except during lessons. After the autumn holidays it is compulsory to wear a mask in class for a period of two weeks.
Thuringia The school has started again, but at the moment it is autumn holidays. Students and teachers do not have to wear masks in class. However, mouth-nose-coverings are compulsory in situations where many people come together in a small space. Care must be taken to air them regularly.