However, there are concerns that reopening schools and daycare centres (Kitas) at this stage will push up the number of Covid-19 infections.
At a press conference on Friday, Health Minister Jens Spahn was asked by a reporter whether it was responsible to reopen schools and Kitas across Germany at this stage considering the spread of variants.
Spahn said protection plans were in place, including increased rapid testing, alternate teaching between digital and face-to-face, smaller classes and medical masks.
But he said it was important to regularly check how the openings affect the spread of the virus.
Baden-Württemberg, Brandenburg, Berlin, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia will reopen primary schools on Monday February 22nd, followed two days later by Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
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From the beginning of March, Hamburg and Saxony-Anhalt plan to resume limited school operations.
And Bremen authorities hope that full class sizes can return to primary schools from March.
Saxony, which has been severely hit in the second wave, opened its primary schools at the beginning of the week – but there is no compulsory attendance for the 145,000 pupils in the state. That means parents can choose whether to home school or send their children to school.
Saxony state premier Michael Kretschmer tweeted last week to say schools and Kitas could open with “restricted operation”.
Ab Montag können Kitas & Grundschulen im eingeschränkten Regelbetrieb öffnen, außerdem kann der Handel click & collect-Service anbieten. Lockerungen sind jedoch nur in kleinen Schritten, unter ständiger Beobachtung des Infektionsgeschehen, möglich. (SK) #Sachsen #ausdemKabinett pic.twitter.com/3HlazDpwhT
— Michael Kretschmer (@MPKretschmer) February 9, 2021