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Coronavirus : What are the rules for schools?

News about people who have been infected with the corona virus is coming from more and more federal states. It triggers the lung disease COVID-19. The Robert Koch Institute in Berlin is constantly updating the number of cases and its risk assessment. The list of risk areas is also updated daily by the Robert Koch Institute. The spread of the disease also affects schools and day-care centers. There is great uncertainty here. The education authorities or ministries of education responsible for schools have now sent notifications to the educational institutions in which they provide information about protection against infection and state rules of conduct for suspected cases. In some federal states, this has already had an impact on upcoming school trips. And there are already the first school closings. As in Italy, for the time being to close all schools in the country, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) and the President of the Conference of Ministers of Education, Stefanie Hubig (SPD), have not yet considered appropriate. The didacta education fair, which was originally supposed to take place at the end of March on the exhibition grounds in Stuttgart, has since been canceled due to the spread of the coronavirus and is to take place at a later date.

Baden-Württemberg: The state has so far (as of March 9) been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak after North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria. In the meantime, some schools in Baden-Württemberg have also been temporarily closed. On March 3, the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs reported that the cancellation costs for class trips to risk areas that have been canceled or for canceled class trips abroad recommended by the health department will be borne by the state of Baden-Württemberg. In addition to the regions achieved by the Robert Koch Institute for risk areas, the Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration recommends in a current communication that the French department Haut-Rhin in southern Alsace, which borders on southern Baden, be treated as a risk area for Baden-Württemberg .

Based on the new assessment, the Ministry of Culture informed all schools and kindergartens on March 10th that people who commute to school or work in Baden-Württemberg from the Haut-Rhin department should initially stay for 14 days in accordance with the recommendation for those returning from high-risk areas Should stay home. Two weeks ago, the Ministry of Education and Culture declared in a letter to schools that employees who have been in a risk area or who have had contact with an infected person should initially be released. Your payments will continue to run during your leave of absence. There is also a special hotline for the coronavirus, which can be reached on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Tel. 0711 904-39 555.

Bavaria: In Bavaria, all schools will be closed from Monday (March 16). Bavaria has the most coronavirus cases after North Rhine-Westphalia (March 10). On the website of the Bavarian Ministry of Culture there is extensive information on the coronavirus for schools as well as a leaflet for legal guardians. Here it says: "If the school has knowledge of suspected or contact cases, the respective school management immediately contacts the responsible health department." As a precaution, pupils who were on vacation in risk areas during the carnival holidays should not go to school for the time being . There are also specific instructions on hygiene and school trips. Accordingly, the following applies: "The schools have to decide here taking into account the circumstances (in particular the destination and the given situation)." The Ministry also refers to the State Office for Health and Food Safety for up-to-date information. Among other things, the pandemic plan for Bavaria is presented here. The hotline for questions about the coronavirus is: Tel. 09131 6808-5101.

Berlin: Schools and daycare centers in Berlin will gradually cease operations from next week. The governing mayor Michael Müller (SPD) announced on March 13th. Like all federal states, the Senate Department for Education refers to the information from the Robert Koch Institute on its website. In addition, it is listed here what the clarification of a suspected case looks like in concrete terms and which measures are taken. "The report only has to be made if the suspicion is justified both by the clinical picture and by a probable epidemiological connection," reads there. In the event of a confirmed suspicion, the responsible health department, the school or daycare supervisor and the press office of the Senate Department for Education must be notified in Berlin. As a special tip on how to wash your hands properly, there is a reference to the “Wash like Walter” campaign by the Federal Ministry of Health. A hotline is available daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tel. 030 9028-2828.

Brandenburg: Some schools are now also closed in Brandenburg. Neustadt / Dosse northwest of Berlin is particularly affected. There is also a boarding school that is attended by students from all over Germany. All school authorities and schools in Brandenburg have received a letter from the state's Ministry of Education informing them "about the responsibilities in the matter of coronavirus". This includes the obligation to report and the procedure if a person shows symptoms in school, and there is a passage on school trips. The schools themselves should decide whether a planned trip will take place or end prematurely, in consultation with the parents. It is expressly emphasized: "Cancellation costs are not covered."

Bremen: By order of the education authority, class trips to northern Italy were canceled at several schools in Bremen at the end of last week. The authority also says: "All school trips to Italy from public schools in the municipality of Bremen that start by March 31, 2020 are to be canceled." The education authority also names rules on mandatory registration and hygiene measures. If you have any further questions, the authority refers you to the hotline of the Federal Ministry of Health, which can be reached Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Friday until 12 p.m. on Tel. 030 346 465 100.

Hamburg: It's spring break in Hamburg right now. Classes will start again on March 16. Shortly before the start of the holiday, the education authority informed all schools in Hamburg about the current status of the coronavirus and expressly referred to the information pages of the Federal Foreign Office for travelers due to the upcoming holiday. Hamburg Service on tel. 115 is available for those returning from traveling and for Hamburg residents who fear that they have become infected. There is also a hotline on tel. 040 428 284 000.

Hesse: After evidence of an infection with the corona virus in a teacher, the authorities initially closed two schools in the Bad Dürkheim district for a week. The Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Health announced on Sunday. The website of the Ministry of Culture currently refers to the general information on the coronavirus from the responsible Ministry of Social Affairs. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Culture sent an information letter to the school administrators. This mainly describes the protective measures. It is also about mandatory registration and school trips. It is also expressly pointed out here that compulsory schooling continues to exist if “a school has not been closed by the responsible health authorities”. More information about the upcoming Abitur exams, which will begin on March 19 in Hesse, should follow later this week. And the schools responsible for the final exams in other courses would receive the necessary information after the Easter break if necessary. If you have any questions about the virus, there is also a hotline in Hesse on Tel. 0800-5554666, which can be reached daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The Ministry of Education in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has informed all schools in a letter about infection protection and the procedure for school trips. There is no general travel ban, but travel in countries "with an increased number of illnesses, such as B. to Northern Italy ". In addition, there are links to hygiene measures and the current situation on the Ministry's website. For further questions, please refer to the hotline of the Federal Ministry of Health (see Bremen).

Lower Saxony: In Lower Saxony, the Ministry of Health announced on March 9th that all school classes returning from school trips from a risk area should remain in quarantine as a precaution. The Ministry of Culture has put all relevant questions about hygiene measures, school trips and the reporting channels to be observed in a nutshell in basic information for schools and daycare centers. In the event of suspected corona cases, the school management will immediately contact the health department and the state school authority. School trips to the affected regions are not recommended.

North Rhine-Westphalia: In North Rhine-Westphalia, the coronavirus has already been detected in almost 300 cases (as of March 6). The Ministry of Culture refers to an email on how to deal with the virus to all schools that was sent on February 27. This refers to the possibility of closing community facilities. A first school in Heinsberg was closed on February 26th, and many schools are now affected. On Thursday evening, the most recent case was a high school in Münster - the school will now remain closed until Tuesday, March 17th. If a school has not been closed by the authorities, however, schooling is still compulsory.

If a school has not been closed by the authorities, schooling is compulsory.

Rhineland-Palatinate: The Ministry of Culture has issued an information letter for schools and daycare centers as well as a separate information sheet for parents. Rules of conduct for hygiene should therefore be practiced in schools with the pupils. In addition to normal school hygiene plans, doorknobs, handrails, toys, computer keyboards, and work surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned. A hotline for all schools can be reached at 0261-20546-13300 during normal office hours. School festivals and class trips do not have to be canceled at the moment.

Saarland: In Saarland, all schools are also to remain closed for the time being from Monday. The Ministry of Culture also informs schools about registration chains, school trips and hygiene measures. Here too, for example, handrails and door handles should also be cleaned in the schools. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family has set up a telephone hotline on 0681 501-4422 for personal advice.

Saxony: On February 28, the Ministry of Culture published information on recommended infection control measures on its website. As in the other federal states, this draws attention to hygiene rules, what to do in suspected cases and how to deal sensitively with school trips.

Saxony-Anhalt: As part of the preventive measures taken by the state to prevent the spread of the corona virus, class trips, school study trips and student exchanges will be suspended from March 10 until May 31, 2020, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday. The school administrators were asked to cancel all trips with the exception of one-day trips within Saxony-Anhalt. Cancellation costs are borne by the country. Saxony-Anhalt also reported the first infections with the corona virus on March 9. Several school classes are therefore already in quarantine. "If schools are aware of suspected cases or cases of contact, uniform procedures apply, which are described for such cases in the guidelines for crisis prevention and intervention available to all schools," says the website. In addition, reference is made to the telephone hotline of the State Office for Consumer Protection: Tel. 0391-2564222. The hotline can be reached Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Schleswig-Holstein: The information from the Ministry of Education relates primarily to hiking trips and school trips. The ministry has asked the schools to carefully consider whether a planned trip abroad should be undertaken. In addition, school administrators must inform the school inspectorate if a teacher or student has become infected with the virus.

Thuringia: The Ministry of Education in Thuringia offers detailed information about the most important steps in a suspected corona case at the school. As in the other federal states, school trips must be carefully checked on a case-by-case basis. The planning for new trips should initially be postponed. And there are notices for children and parents with hygiene tips to download. with dpa