COVID-19 General information on the restart of classes
On March 16, 2020, all schools in Bavaria were closed in order to contain and delay the further spread of the coronavirus.
Restart of classes for final-year students
Since April 27, 2020, teaching activities at schools have been resumed for students in their final year (depending on the type of school). These classes include
- Mittelschule: grade 9 (in the so called Regelklassen or M-Klassen, if students are registered for an exam), grade 10
- Realschule: grade 10
- Wirtschaftsschule: two-year form: grade 11; three- and four-year form: grade 10
- Gymnasium: grade 12
- Förderzentren: Teaching will be resumed in classes which follow the curriculum of schools of general education (only in grade 9 and grade 10, if students are registered for an exam such as MSA, QA or theorieentlastete Prüfung zum erfolgreichen Abschluss der Mittelschule)
- Sonderpädagogisches Förderzentrum and Förderzentrum Lernen: grade 9
- Realschulen and Berufliche Schulen zur sonderpädagogischen Förderung: Students in their final year (here the same rules apply as for schools of general education)
- FOS/BOS: grade 12 (if students are registered for Fachabitur exams), grade 13 (if students are registered for Abitur exams)
- Berufsschule: Classes which will be taking their Kammerprüfung exams this summer, students in their vollzeitschulisches Berufsgrundschuljahr (BGJ)
- Berufsfachschulen: Students in their final year
- Berufsfachschulen des Gesundheitswesens, Fachakademien: Students in their final year
- Fachschulen: Students in their final year
In the current situation, infection protection is a matter of priority in schools. Several measures can help to ensure this. Generally, classes will have to be separated in order to ensure the required minimum distance of 1.5 meters. Depending on the local situation, it can also be necessary to start teaching at various times. In the school building and on the school premises, special regulations for the students‘ conduct apply.
Final exams have been postponed for all school types. The current examination dates can be inquired at the schools or found here: www.km.bayern.de/coronavirus-faq
Students belonging to at-risk groups
Some people are at a higher risk than others to suffer from a severe course of the coronavirus disease. Young people may also belong to these risk groups. In such a case, the student has to hand in a doctor’s certificate at school. On that basis, the school management can allow these students to stay away from school. Nonetheless, schools have to offer these students appropriate learning opportunities, which the students are obliged to use. Furthermore, parents should support their children in using the learning material provided by the school.
All other students, who are not in their final year, continue their studies at home. It is still uncertain when schools in Bavaria will re-open for younger students. The number of classes present at school may possibly be extended from May 11, 2020 onwards.
Emergency care for younger students during the closing period
Students whose legal guardians work and are unable to look after their children due to official or operational necessities can be supervised at the school they usually attend (during the child’s regular school time including afternoon care).
Emergency childcare is exclusively offered for
students from grades 1 – 6, if one parent is employed in an area of critical infrastructure. In the context of single parents, it is sufficient if the single parent works (regardless of the professional field).
Areas of critical infrastructure include in particular all facilities that serve to maintain
- health care (e.g. hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, local health authorities, ambulance and rescue services including air rescue as well as all staff that is required to maintain these institutions´ functionality like kitchen or cleaning staff),
- nursing and welfare (e.g. care of the elderly, assistance for the disabled, child and youth welfare (also emergency childcare service in nursery schools), women’s shelter, pastoral care)
- public safety and order (including non-police emergency response like fire departments or civil protection and the German armed forces),
- the securing of public infrastructure (telecommunication services, energy supply, water supply, public transport, waste disposal),
- food supply (from production to sale),
- provision of drug store products,
- passenger and freight transport (long-distance traffic, pilots, flight control),
- media coverage (especially news and information as well as risk and crisis communication)
- banks (especially staff responsible for cash supply and supply of credit)/tax consultancy/legal advice services (including lawyers and notaries)
- schools (staff needed for teaching at school and emergency childcare service),
- the capacity to act of central departments in government, justice and administrative bodies.
Additionally, the following conditions apply:
Emergency childcare services can only be attended if:
- the child shows no symptoms of illness,
- the child has not been in contact with infected persons or 14 days have passed since contact with infected persons and the child shows no symptoms of the disease,
- the child is not subject to a quarantine order.
If the conditions for emergency supervision at school apply for your child, please complete and sign a form (which can be found here). Bring it with you to your child’s school.
Please refrain from leaving your children with their grandparents. Due to their age, they are especially at risk of catching an infection with the coronavirus.
Further information is provided here:
If you have further questions, please contact your child’s teachers or school.