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Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 10.1.2021

Dear Parents,

today a short mail on Sunday as a follow-up to the chaos on Friday early evening.

I followed the press reports until 14.30 last Friday. It was reported again and again that the school senator Scheeres will not agree to the changes demanded by many parents, teachers, students and school managements. I then started to work and wrote the mail with which you are familiar. Shortly after the mail was sent, I heard about the news from the Tagesspiegel, which said that Ms. Scheeres is now giving in to the pressure after all and will bring the children back to the schools a few weeks later. I am sorry to have involved the parents of the school in this mess. But I still don't see a solution to the problem, because the schools are usually the last to know about changes that have been decided. Unfortunately, this was not the first time that we had to change our plans spontaneously.

I have attached the press release of the senate administration fromlast Friday to this mail.


So the dates in the last mail from Friday are all no longer valid. We will now prepare for a school start (with whatever grades) on Jan. 25th. However, the way the classes will be organized then will not differ much from what you were told in the last mail.

With kind regards

Ralf Müller






8th January 2021

Dear Parents,

The first week of learning at home has passed. I hope that you have been able to find a rhythm.

The last two days were marked by the organization of the new instructions of the Senate Administration. In this context, we would like to point out once again that it is not the management of the Quentin Blake Primary School that is responsible for the measures of the school lockdown, but the School Senator Ms. Scheeres and the Senate of Berlin. We get e-mails from parents who assume that we decide on this here at school.

Therefore, it is not yet one hundred percent certain that the publications made in the last few days will actually occur. Resistance to the latest instructions is emerging in many schools and districts. We will see if and how the politicians react to it.

So far, we assume that the following changes will occur in the next few weeks.

Changes from Jan. 18th:

- Grades 1 to 3 will be taught at half class size with distance and hygiene rules maintained. Classroom attendance of three lessons per day is to be ensured. No additional care will be provided. Only emergency care will continue to be provided. Lunch will be offered only to those children in emergency care who are here all day.

- We will be teaching classes beginning Jan. 18th in the class teams that have already been announced. The class teams will send you a schedule for your child by Friday of next week.

Jan. 25th:

- Grades 4 to 6 will join the school in addition to the 1st to 3rd grades. Classes that have more than 19 students will be cut in half.  Attendance of three lessons a day is to be ensured. Also, no additional care or lunch will be provided for children in these grades.

- Masks are compulsory from grade 5 onwards.

- These grades will also receive a schedule from the already announced class teams soon.


Daily structure in the two weeks after Jan. 18:


Gruppe 1 Klasse 1.4


8:00-8:50              D

8:50-9:40              Ma

9:40-10:30            E

Gruppe 2 Klasse 1.4


10:50 -11:40          D

11:40-12:30           Ma

12:30-13:20           E

Report card day is 29.1.


From 8.2:

- Classes in alternative scenario: Halved classes, 3 lessons, 2.5 hours of additionally care.

- It is not yet clear whether emergency care can/must be set up.


From 15.2:

- Classes according to the Corona level plan for Berlin schools.


Please note:

If you have an appointment at school in the next few weeks, please come to school only alone. This also applies to the half-year meetings for 1st through 3rd graders in the next few weeks.

Please note that the school will not be accessible at the end of emergency care at 4:00 p.m. to place or pick up your children's work materials in the boxes.

Yours sincerely

R. Müller

School Management





Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 4.1.2021

Dear parents,

We hope you have been able to find some rest and relaxation in the past few days and that you and your family have remained healthy.

A new year is ahead of us. A lot of hope is associated with it, because it is expected that conditions will return to normal in a few months.

Colleagues should have filled padlets by now. So you can plan for the week. We hope you are able to get back into the homeschooling period in a good way. Be sure to feedback to the teachers in question if there are any problems.

There is talk in the press that the lockdown will likely be extended through the first week after the vacations. Officially, we do not know yet and we will let you know as soon as possible when we learn of the extension from the school senator.

Originally, the school closure was planned until 8.1. in order to get an overview of the infection situation at the schools or in the families of the students. Therefore, we would like to ask you to send an e-mail to the secretary's office by Tuesday, 3 p.m. in case your child is currently affected by quarantine measures. (

In the e-mail please state:

·         the name and class of the child and

·         the reason for the quarantine measure for your child (for example, a positive test for the child, contact with a person in or outside the household who was tested positive) and

·         the end of the quarantine for your child.

You may also call the office to notify us (90299 8031).


The information is requested only for quantitative recording of the occurrence of infections. This is important information for the school authorities to classify the occurrence of infections at the school.

Please continue to inform us about quarantine measures for your children.

Not many families will have been away on vacation. If you have been to a country classified as a risk area, please be sure to follow the associated quarantine times. In this case, please also notify the school.


Emergency care will continue to be provided at the school. Information about emergency care can be obtained from Mr. Klatt ( or Mrs. Klemme ( or from the school secretary's office (

We all hope that the time of school closure will not be prolonged too long. We will continue to try to support the school community in this extreme situation through intensive communication and sharing of information. If you have any difficulties, please contact the relevant class teachers or subject teachers.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller







Oh dear, what a year!

It’s been a rough one - Merry Christmas anyway!

Wishing you healthy holidays and a better 2021!







Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 15.12.2020

Dear parents,

now is the time and the school close for the 2nd time outside the vacations.

In the first phase, this is just three days before the vacations. After the vacations, we will begin a week of homeschooling on Jan. 4th. We all hope that the Lockdown will not continue after this week.

Colleagues will put materials on the padlet for this or have already given everything to your children.


If it was not possible for your child to bring all the work materials from school, please contact the class teacher.  A pick-up date can then be arranged.

The work to be done should have been loaded onto the padlet in time for your child to continue working right away on Wednesday.

The secretary's office will always be available from 8:00 to 12:00 during the next three days.


In a working group with teachers and parents we sat together  and wrote a guide for parents and children. On it is written what to think about when the red level of the step plan is called out. Pretty good and important advice emerged.

But now the politicians have gone ahead and decided to shut down the school. We've taken out a few points from the guide that are also important in the total lockdown.

Perhaps the two guides at the end of this email will help you to organize the school work at home a little better.


We wish all families that they get through the lockdown period well and stay healthy.



Guide for students

 - I know my day, I have discussed it with my parents. I know when I have to work for school and when I have free time.

- I always do my tasks in the same place, if possible. Have I set up a workstation for myself?

- I use my working time and do my work. Only then I make progress.

- I know my weekly schedule, I find it on the padlet. I know what I have to work on.

- If I don't understand something, I read the task again and try to figure out what I need to do.

I can

- look for similar tasks in my materials,

- call someone from my class,

- ask my parents first if I really can't figure out what to do.

- I know when to call my teacher, the phone number is on the weekly schedule. I can also also write an e-mail. The email address is also on the weekly schedule.


Guide for parents

- I discuss with my child what tasks he/she has to do today.

- I provide a fixed daily structure (homework times, free time times, meal times).

- I set up a fixed workstation for my child.

- I let my child show me the tasks and correct them if I can.

- Contact: I use the phone office hours when I need to contact the teacher or I email.

- I know which families to ask for help with homework when we get stuck.

- I network my child with other children in the class, facilitate phone calls, video phone calls, or even online meetings with friends when I can.

- I know where and when my child's Homework can be turned in to the school.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller






Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 12.12.2020

Dear colleagues, dear Parents,
We have now received some notifications from the Senate School Administration.
Information for the time before the Christmas holidays (16.12. to 18.12.):
- On Tuesday 15.12. it will be decided whether the schools will close already on Wednesday 16.12.. The Senate meets on Tuesday and decides on this. The schools have to prepare for this without knowing whether the decision will really be made. If schools close on Wednesday, it will not be taken as an earlier start to the holidays. As in the last lockdown, students will be provided with work to do until the regular last day of school on Friday, Dec. 18. Teachers and Erzieher will be working (communicating with students and parents, correcting work received, caring for children attending emergency care, ensuring that children with special needs or problematic learning opportunities at home, preparing for the first week of school after the holidays).
- If the Senate decides to end face-to-face teaching at the schools from next Wednesday, emergency care will again be offered on these three days and probably also during the holidays. Only those children whose parents work in system-relevant professions will then be eligible to attend. System-relevant professions are those listed in the attachment to this mail (attachment: "Eigenerklärung20201208"). Other children - including those who are normally cared for by the TJFBG after the last lesson or in the holidays - are not supervised and are not allowed to come to school. If you work in a system-relevant profession and your child is to attend emergency care, please read very carefully the item EMERGENCY CARE below.
- If the Senate does not decide to close the schools from next Wednesday, we will continue to offer lessons and care at the usual level. Holiday care will also be provided in the same way as before the Corona restrictions. The TJFBG has already asked for the children, that will take part.
While the instructions for the time before the holidays have not yet been clearly decided, the plans for the first school week after the holidays were sent out to all schools by the Senate Administration last night.
Information for the period after the Christmas holidays - first school week after the holidays (4.1.2021 to 8.1.2021):
The holidays will not be extended. School-led learning from home will take place. There will be no face-to-face teaching at school. The children receive their materials and assignments via the Padlet. They will receive more detailed information about this from the class teams.
Emergency care is offered for children whose parents work in system-relevant professions. Also in the emergency care, the children will work on the tasks that have been put on the Padlet by the teachers.
As with the first lockdown, we will be offering sporadic care in school during the week of 4 Jan to 8 Jan to individual children whose parents do not work in system-relevant professions. These are children with urgent special educational needs and children who have problematic learning situations at home.
Only children whose parents both work in system-relevant professions may participate in the future emergency care.
If you are a single parent and work in a system-relevant occupation, your child is also eligible to participate in emergency care.
System-relevant professions are those listed in the attachment to this mail (attachment: "Eigenerklärung 20201208").
The emergency care is expected to be set up at the following times:
Children from first to third grade     Time: 7.30 bis 16.00 Uhr

Exceptional cases for the time from 6.00 to 7.30 Uhr and 16.00 to 18.00 Uhr

In exceptional cases, extended emergency care can be arranged. For this, you need proof of working hours from your employer. This must state that you work before 7.30 a.m. and after 4.30 p.m.

Children from 4th to 6th grade         Time: 8.30 bis 15.00 Uhr
Days with emergency care: Mi, 16.12. / Do, 17.12.  / Fr, 18.12.  /  Mo, 21.12.   /      Di, 22.12.  /  Fr, 23.12.  /  Mo, 4.1.  /  Di, 5.1.  / Mi, 6.1.  / Do, 7.1. /  Fr, 8.1. 
We have been instructed to start immediately with a check of who will participate in the emergency care.
Please download the attachment for this (Attachment: "Notbetreuung"), fill it out and send it to  by Tuesday 2 p.m.
This is the only way we can prepare the emergency care from 16/12.
On the day your child comes to emergency care for the first time, he/she must bring the self-declaration form that you have filled out (attachment: "Eigenerklärung20201208").
Information for the period after the first week of school (11.1. to 15.1.):
Classes will again be held under the conditions of the step plan for Berlin schools. At the moment we are still assigned to the orange level.
We will start giving the children all of their school supplies to take home on Monday, 14/12. Please give your child an extra bag.
The staff will get further information on Monday.
Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Ralf Müller



Quentin-Blake-Grundschule, 10.12.2020
Dear parents, dear colleagues,
although the incidence of infections at the school has decreased, the school supervisor informed us today that from tomorrow onwards the 5th and 6th classes will have to wear the face masks all the time, even during lessons.

The incidence is currently in Steglitz-Zehlendorf over 200/100 000 and also the value for Berlin is shortly below with the tendency "rather increasing". Therefore, it is obligatory to wear the face mask in grades 5 and 6 at the elementary schools in class and in the supplementary support and care (offers of the TJFBG). If your child is in 5th or 6th grade, please explain to them that they must wear the mouth guard all day. 
We have not yet learned if there will be any other changes in school operations before and after the X-Mas break. Perhaps there will be more information in tomorrow's Friday info mail.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller








Dear parents,

A lot has happened this week as well, and I would like to tell you about it now:


·         Two resolutions of the Gesamtkonferenz and the School Conference

o   Resolution on the concept of teaching and supervision at the red level of the Corona Step Plan for Berlin schools.

o   Resolution on the facilitated exemption from the obligation to participate in supplementary instruction (UeAs)

·         Infection incidence at Quentin Blake Elementary School

·         Library closed for parents

·         A request to the parenthood


Two resolutions of the Gesamtkonferenz and the School Conference

o   Resolution on the concept of teaching and supervision at the red level of the Corona Step Plan for Berlin schools.

In the last few weeks a concept has been developed that describes exactly how the school will work when the assignment to the red level is done. In this case the school will have to work completely different and be organized differently.  The entire school program then aims to reduce contacts and maintain distances. For example, all classes with more than 20 children are divided in half and taught or supervised at different times. For each child there will then only be three hours of lessons per day and 2.5 hours of supervision by the TJFBG. The school work is therefore to be completely reorganized. We have discussed and developed the concept again and again with the teaching staff, the extended school management and the board of the Parents' Association (GEV).

The Gesamtkonferenz of the school's staff voted in an online procedure for the acceptance of the concept. The school conference also unanimously accepted the concept.

A summary of the concept is currently being prepared to explain the planned procedure to parents. A guideline for parents and students on what needs to be considered on the red level will be attached to this statement. As soon as this summary is completed, it will be sent to you.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff and the parents who have contributed to the development of the concept. It was a lot of work for a situation that might not happen at all or only for a few weeks. We hope that the school can remain open as long as possible for the usual attendance lessons.


o   Resolution on the facilitated exemption from the obligation to participate in supplementary instruction (UeAs)

In many info mails before I pointed out the extremely tense personnel situation. At some days 17(!) employees were missing due to corona. In this difficult situation we were exceptionally and only for a few days allowed by the school authorities to allow the parents of the SESB to take their children home after the last lesson.

Actually, the Gesamtkonferenz and the School Conference had to allow this only in exceptional cases (e.g. very talented athletes who have to go to training).

The offer to temporarily pick up your child after the last lesson was accepted by many families for various reasons. Other families left their child at the school to join the UeAs because the work of the parents did not allow them to pick up the child earlier. We always made sure that it is always garanteed that all children are taken care of at school.

In recent weeks, the pandemic effects have increased the number of sickness notifications or the number of colleagues in quarantine. One of the consequences of this was that there was often not enough staff available, especially in the afternoon. It was then often necessary to switch to the schoolyard. However, this becomes more and more difficult with increasing cold.

The morning program is also limited by the increased number of sick staff members. Also in the mornings, the staff of the TJFBG often supports the lessons. However, if the number of educators, which has been decimated by illness, is needed in the afternoon, we do not have as many employees available in the morning. So when families take their children home after the last hour of school, we can also provide a better service in the morning because we can shift working hours into the morning.

For this reason, the Gesamtkonferenz and also the School Conference now decided that in the future it should be easier to grant permission if a child is not to attend the UeAs. However, this offer is only valid for times when school organizational conditions are so restricted by the pandemic.

The school conference will decide on the extension of the date (18.12.) already announced to you.

If the infection situation will allow, the school conference will again restrict the temporary possibility of earlier pick-up after the last school hour for the families of the SESB branch.

So if you would like to pick up your child after the last lesson, please inform the class teacher of the days concerned. If you do not want to take your child home earlier, care and services will be provided. I would like to point this out explicitly. Please decide how it is best for your everyday family life.


Infection incidence in some classes

Class 5.2 came back from quarantine today: Welcome back, 5.2!

Class 4.1 is still at home until Monday. Also some teachers and educators.

Due to the fact that a colleague had a positive test, some classes (3.3, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3) were still in the focus of the health department's investigations at the beginning of the week. In the end, none of the affected 4 classes were sent to quarantine. Only the children who had been sitting very close to the colleague in the classroom for a long time had to stay at home until the end of the week. This affects a total of 6 children.

Yesterday we learned about a child in class 4.3 who was tested positive. As in previous cases, we isolated the class, contacted the health department and organized that the students could go home. However, the Health Department called us quite quickly and informed us that after analyzing the available information about contact times and the infection situation in the family in question, no one at the school could have been infected by this child. We are happy that class 4.3 was back in class today.


Library closed for families

The library will be closed for families this Friday. The offer must be limited due to corona conditions. On 11.12. the library can be used again to the usual extent.


Request to the parents

We learn from many children that they meet very often with their friends or other families in their free time. This is completely understandable.

According to information from the public health department, the infections with the Crona virus that have become known at school are in almost all cases caused by contacts in the out-of-school environment. However, it has also happened at school that a staff member became infected by a child who tested positive.

Even though these free-time meetings are within the legal regulations to contain the Corona pandemic, we would like to ask all members of the school community to limit frequent free-time contacts with changing persons. Every day we try hard to organize the school so that the children can come here. We also try to ensure that the children have as little contact with each other as possible. Please support us in this if it is possible for you. Please let your child rather always play with the same children. In this way you will also minimize contacts.

After reading this very long mail you really deserve your weekend. Enjoy the pre-Christmas period and stay healthy.


Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller









Dear parents,

we would like to pass on the following information: Due to quarantine or isolation, many teachers and educators will not be able to start their work in the upcoming days. Because of the tense care situation, we will discontinue the full-day service as of tomorrow, 11.11.2020 until 18.11.2020. You can pick up your child after the last lesson of instruction. Supervision will be offered for families who need or wish to have childcare after class.

Should the situation become more difficult, we would have to reduce the number of instruction hours after consultation with the school supervisor - in this case we would inform you again separately.

We would ask you all to remain calm. The school administration is in constant contact with the GEV board, the public health department and the school supervisors, and we will do our very best to carry  Quentin Blake Europe School through this pandemic as well and safely as possible. It is important that we all stand together as a school community. We thank you for your understanding and support.

With kind regards,

Ralf Müller und Nicola Kub





Dear parents,

we were again classified yesterday by the public health department in the yellow level of the Step plan for Berlin schools. That is why we are do not have to plan any organizational changes at the moment.

As we announced yesterday, we currently have one child in class 4.2 who was tested positive. The class not in school yesterday and today.

If a positive child was at school, the school management has the following instructions:

1. contact the health department and the school supervisor. This is quite difficult, because the health authorities are very overworked. If the waiting time for the contact with the health department is too long or the case is discovered at the weekend, the school management decides preventively that the class stays at home .

2. if the school has been assigned to a member of the health department, the contact is established. Then all contact persons of the child are reported. Who had closer contact for at least 15 minutes, who had more distant contact. This applies to the days on which the child was most likely infectious.

There are contact persons of the 1st level:

This refers to persons who had face-to-face contact for more than 15 minutes (close contact, within the 1.5 meters)

There are 2nd level contact persons:

Persons who had longer contact with the child but did not sit very close to an infected person for more than 15 minutes.

In the current case at our school, we have identified these groups of people and compiled lists. These are reported to the public health department.

3. the health department decides on all further measures and informs the families. Since the health authorities are overburdened, the school management has recently been taking over more and more of these communications. It is important that all decisions are still made by the health authorities.

Attention: The children of 4.2 are now at home as a precautionary measure until the Health Department declares a quarantine or makes other decisions. The children of 4.2 have of course also siblings at the school. Our instructions from the health department do not say that they have to stay at home. The school community needs to know this, because at the moment there are unpleasant scenes between the children, but also between the parents.

I would like to remind you that no child can be blamed if they have a brother or sister who has a child in the class who was tested positive. Please explain this to your children. Sometimes the siblings are not treated nicely. The siblings of the students in class 4.2 are allowed to come to school. Only if a sibling is tested positive, brothers or sisters are obliged to stay at home.

We are now in a situation at the school where many schools in Berlin were already a few weeks ago. Until last Wednesday we were one of the few schools in the district that did not have children who were tested positive. I don't think that this was just luck. Maybe we also did the right thing to a large extent. Let us continue to survive the pandemic so well and treat each other with respect and empathy.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen

Ralf Müller






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