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What rules apply to secondary schools?

Federal state Answer
Baden-Württemberg Face-to-face classes for secondary and vocational school students will be suspended until mid-February. Emergency care will be provided for elementary students, special needs children, and grades 5 through 7. For secondary schools, distance education is expected to remain in place until mid-February. Special arrangements are in place for graduating classes; they may be taught in attendance if necessary for test preparation. Schools will decide individually whether final-year classes will receive face-to-face teaching in addition to distance learning to enable them to prepare for examinations. 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 operations 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 care for their children (under 12 years of age) at home due to daycare and school closures, each parent receives 20 days per child and single parents receive 40 days per child. The age restriction does not apply to children with disabilities. From the third child onwards, the entitlement increases again to 45 days per parent or 90 days for lone 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 Schools in Bavaria are closed. Secondary schools receive distance learning. Elementary school students, special education students and graduating classes are to have priority in the opening, from 22 February in the alternating lessons.at an incidence above 100 we keep the distance learning in districts and independent cities. From February 15 to 19, the carnival holidays shall be cancelled in order to make up classes. There will be exceptions for graduating classes. Bavaria remains cautious about opening day-care centers and schools; no opening date has been given yet. This will affect (this year's) high school graduates, vocational and technical high schools, as well as vocational students whose exams are due before Easter. Final exams will be moved back two to three weeks. There will be no school trips until 10 April.
Berlin For all other students, distance learning will continue. Exceptions are only made for the final years 10, 12 and 13. There is to be an attendance offer (without compulsory attendance) with a maximum of half classes. Whether and how the attendance offer for final-year classes is actually implemented in the individual schools is to be decided jointly by the school management and the parents' representatives. Furthermore, the schools have to offer additional support and assistance to socially disadvantaged pupils. The same regulations apply to vocational schools as to other schools.
Brandenburg Attendance classes for students at secondary schools remain suspended. It is unclear when secondary schools will reopen, but the current aim is to open all schools by Easter. Distance learning is offered. In exceptional cases, there is emergency care for grades 5 and 6. Depending on the infection situation, there are different arrangements for emergency care in the schools. There will be special arrangements for attendance classes for final year classes and special schools.
Bremen Schools are partially reopened within the framework of a graduated plan and depending on the infection situation. 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 participate in face-to-face teaching will continue to receive learning opportunities at home. Written Abitur examinations as well as oral final examinations and the awarding of certificates are to be postponed. Bremen is examining whether the start of education can be moved back accordingly.
Hamburg Face-to-face classes for secondary school students will be suspended until probably the end of March break. Distance learning will be offered. The date for a possible opening is still open. There will be special arrangements for graduating classes. There will be compulsory attendance for examination situations. Mouth to nose protection is to be worn in school starting in 5th grade. Final exams and examinations for graduating classes will take place. These may be postponed at the request of the students by majority vote.
Hesse Secondary schools are in distance learning. Grades 5 and 6 may receive emergency care. Special arrangements, such as face-to-face teaching, will be made for final year classes.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Beginning March 8, secondary school students are scheduled to gradually return to alternate instruction. Currently, children receive learning materials for home or can be cared for within grades 1 to 6 and with increased support needs at school. In regions with more than 150 new Corona infections per 100,000 population in a week, emergency care will be limited through grade 6. Graduation classes are the exception. Final examinations of vocational schools continue to take place in attendance. The written Abitur examinations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will be postponed to 23 April.
Lower Saxony Face-to-face teaching for secondary school students is suspended. Distance learning is offered. Lower Saxony will decide on the opening of day-care centres and schools at the beginning of March. There will be special arrangements for graduating classes. Emergency care will be provided for grades 5 and 6 under special conditions. High school graduates and graduating classes will be in alternating classes.
North Rhine-Westphalia Distance learning will continue to be offered at secondary schools, i.e. even after 22.2. Compulsory attendance is waived. Emergency care by pedagogical specialists is offered for grades 5 and 6. This is intended for pupils who, for example, are unable to take part in distance learning at home without accompaniment. Those who do not have facilities for distance learning at home may use school rooms offered for this purpose. There will be special arrangements for final year students. Written examinations and examinations in grades Q1 and Q2 as well as in grades 12 and 13 at vocational grammar schools and in final-year classes will be made possible. Graduating classes of vocational high schools may receive special permission for this and be taught in face-to-face classes. The measures will be extended until 14 February.
Rhineland-Palatinate Distance learning is provided for the secondary schools, grades 5 to 13. The aim is to open the school gradually from March onwards, particularly in Years 5 and 6. There will also be emergency care for the lower grades. Graduating classes have special arrangements, subject to compliance with AHA rules they may be taught in attendance. The aim is for all year groups to return to alternate teaching from 15 February, if infection levels permit. For working parents who need to care for their children (under 12) at home due to daycare and school closures, there is a benefit 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.
Saarland From 8 March, all year groups are to return to face-to-face teaching in the form of alternate teaching. Distance learning will be provided until then. There will be face-to-face teaching for final year classes.
Saxony The schools offer distance learning. All graduating classes receive face-to-face instruction to prepare for upcoming final exams. The winter holidays are postponed to the first week of February (1 week) and the first week of April (1 week).
Saxony-Anhalt Since 1 March, schools have been in limited regular operation. In some cases, alternating classes are already being taught. There will be special arrangements for graduating classes.
Schleswig-Holstein Face-to-face teaching suspended for secondary school students. Distance learning is offered. Graduating classes receive learning and preparation opportunities in the schools.
Thuringia From grade 7 onwards, students are to return to face-to-face classes depending on the infection situation. There will be face-to-face classes for graduating classes in preparation for final exams. In January, exams may take place in presence for the final classes.