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Last updated on 20. November 2020

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What rules apply to secondary 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. Regular shock airing is necessary. Additional school buses should ensure that the pupils do not sit too close together. Since 19 October, pupils from the fifth grade onwards are obliged to wear masks in class. According to the Ministry of Education, this requirement applies from a nationwide 7-day incidence of over 35. Kindergartens are allowed to take groups on a walk in the woods or similar activities. The same applies to schools and other social institutions. Children in one class may attend school together.
Bavaria The compulsory use of masks at secondary schools for pupils and teachers in lessons has been abolished, but can be reintroduced as the number of cases increases. In Munich, for example, the compulsory wearing of masks in class was extended. 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. The minimum distance does not have to be kept. There is a mask obligation for teachers and students, but this does not apply in class. Sports, music and theatre lessons may take place again. Singing together in closed rooms is not allowed. Physical contact should also be avoided.
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 minimised.
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". At the beginning of the school year, secondary schools will be required to wear masks, which will be compulsory in the building but not in class.
Hamburg All pupils in one class may again be taught together, but Hamburg is currently on autumn vacation. The requirement of 1.5 meters distance between the pupils for the school year 2020/21 at class or year level remains for the time being. In certain situations there are exceptions for children of one grade level. The obligation to wear masks applies to the school grounds, but not to the lessons. All Hamburg teachers and other school employees can be tested on Corona several times free of charge. After the autumn holidays, all classrooms must be aired regularly.
Hesse Normal attendance classes with compulsory schooling are again in force at all schools. From grade 5 on, the wearing of a mouth-nose cover is obligatory. The mask can be taken off during the breaks, schools have to organise "mask breaks". The rooms should be aired every 20 minutes.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania There should be reliable and daily regular lessons for all pupils. Pupils at secondary schools should then receive at least 5 hours of instruction per day. A mouthguard must be worn outside the classrooms, this applies from the 5th grade onwards. 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 until the autumn holidays, voluntarily and free of charge. Outside of class, a mask is compulsory.
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 mouth-and-nose cover 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. A minimum distance does not have to be maintained. School administrators can currently decide for themselves whether a mouth and nose protector must be worn on the school premises.
Schleswig-Holstein It's fall break. Otherwise, students from grade 7 on are advised to wear a mask in class. However, this is not compulsory. It is planned to divide the pupils into fixed large groups according to grade. Within the classes the rule of distance falls. For all classes the wearing of a mouth and nose protector on the school premises 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 School has started again. 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.