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What rules apply to primary schools?

Federal state Answer
Baden-Württemberg Compulsory attendance will be suspended. Emergency care will be provided for elementary students, children with special needs, and grades 5 through 7. At the elementary schools, a rotation system with two grades per week is to start on February 22, 2021. Two grades are to come into the presence, the other two grades learn from home. The classes that are in the attendance classes at the schools are to be divided in each case. Special education and training centres with special needs for mental, physical and motor development are also an exception. They are allowed to continue their regular operation under pandemic conditions, but there is no obligation to participate in classroom teaching. This means that compulsory schooling continues, only the face-to-face teaching is omitted. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to the closure of day-care centres and schools, there is the so-called children's sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Bavaria All schools in Bavaria are closed until 19 February, primary school pupils receive distance learning - the carnival holidays in the week from 15 to 19 February are cancelled. Beginning February 22, 2021, grades 1 through 4 of elementary schools, certain grades of special education schools, and all graduating classes will return to alternate or face-to-face instruction with minimum spacing. If the incidence exceeds 100, distance learning will be maintained in districts and independent cities. It is currently unclear whether emergency care will continue to be provided. Furthermore, there will be no school trips until April 10. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Berlin Currently, there is no general compulsory attendance at Berlin schools, neither at primary nor at secondary schools. Children in grades 4 to 6 receive distance learning. As of February 22, grades 1 to 3 of elementary schools, are in half classes and/or in alternating classes and (day or week) school for at least three hours each day. Emergency care is also available to single parents, families with a parent in a systemic occupation, and in cases of special social stress or special educational need. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Brandenburg Primary schools have been in alternating classes since 22 February. In addition, emergency care is offered for grades 1 to 4, in exceptional cases also for grades 5 and 6. Depending on the infection situation, there are different regulations for emergency care in the schools. There are exceptions for attendance classes for special schools with a focus on "mental development", however, parents of corresponding special school pupils can decide for themselves whether their child attends attendance classes. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Bremen Schools are partially reopened as part of a phased plan and depending on the infection situation. Primary school classes receive instruction in the daily alternating model and in half-groups. For the concrete regulations, see § 16 of the ordinance (see: https://www.gesetzblatt.bremen.de/fastmedia/218/2021_02_12_GBl_Nr_0015_signed.pdf). Children who do not attend face-to-face classes continue to receive home learning opportunities. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to possible day-care centre and school closures, there is the so-called children's allowance. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Hamburg In the elementary school, there will initially be no face-to-face teaching until the March holidays (26.2.), but distance teaching. The date for a possible opening is currently still open. Children will receive materials for learning. Emergency care will be offered. There, children can be cared for appropriately from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. under pedagogical supervision. Parents decide for themselves whether their children learn at school or at home. Compulsory attendance is waived until 14 February. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Hesse Since 22 February until Easter, classes 1 to 6 are in split classes in alternating lessons. The groups change on a daily or weekly basis, this is decided by the schools. Children who stay at home receive materials for learning. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Beginning February 24, students in grades 1 through 6 will gradually return to face-to-face classes. Provided the incidence level is below 50. If the incidence level is above 150, there will be emergency care only. For working parents who must care for their children (under age 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is what is known as child sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Lower Saxony Since 18 January, primary school pupils in classes 1 to 4 have been taught in the alternating model. There are exceptions for children with special educational needs at special schools.
North Rhine-Westphalia Since February 22, 2021, instruction for students in all grades of the primary school has been provided in the form of an alternation of face-to-face and distance instruction. Emergency care by pedagogical specialists is offered for all grades. This is intended for pupils who, for example, are unable to take part in distance learning unaccompanied at home. School rooms are to be offered in order to be able to participate in distance learning. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Rhineland-Palatinate Primary schools are in alternating classes. Emergency care continues to be offered. Compulsory attendance remains suspended. The masking requirement continues to apply in primary and special schools and schools are required to introduce regular masking breaks. For working parents who have to care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Saarland Primary school pupils receive tuition in the alternating model. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Saxony Since February 15, elementary schools have been open in limited regular operation in the alternating model in separate classes. The winter holidays are postponed to the first week of February (1 week) and the first week of April (1 week). For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Saxony-Anhalt Primary schools and special schools are in limited regular operation with fixed learning groups. Please contact your school for more information. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick pay. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Schleswig-Holstein Primary schools are in the alternating model. For working parents who have to look after their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to day-care and school closures, there is the so-called child sickness benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.
Thuringia Elementary schools have been able to reopen since February 22. Grades 5 and 6 are expected to return to schools as of March 1, depending on the incidence of infection. For working parents who must care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is the so-called children's sick leave benefit. For children with disabilities, the age restriction does not apply. Each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for single parents. This is the upper limit, there is no further increase, even if parents have more than three children. In this case, the health insurance fund covers part of the loss of wages, since the employer does not have to pay wages for these days. However, the reimbursement amount does not correspond to the full net wage, but is lower.