Students in 30 localities back to school from February 17

Friday, 2020-02-14 12:48:05
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Students in many cities and provinces nationwide will return to school from February 17 after a two-weak break due to Covid-19. (Illustrative image)
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NDO – As of 11.20 on February 14, as many as 30 cities and provinces nationwide have reported to the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) on their decision to allow students back to school from February 17, after a two-week break due to the novel coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19).

The localities include Ha Tinh, Ha Nam, Soc Trang, Tay Ninh, Dak Nong, Hau Giang, Binh Phuoc, Son La, Lam Dong, Tra Vinh, Da Nang, Can Tho, Yen Bai, Quang Ngai, Ca Mau, Dong Nai, Lao Cai, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Long, Nam Dinh, Cao Bang, Kien Giang, Bac Lieu, Hung Yen, An Giang, Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Dien Bien, Dak Lak and Thua Thien-Hue.

Regarding the northern province of Vinh Phuc, which is a hotspot for Covid-19 with 11 infection cases detected so far, students will continue to be off school until February 22.

On Thursday, the MOET sent a dispatch to the directors of the Departments of Education and Training of provinces and centrally run cities and to the heads of the teacher training universities, colleges and secondary schools concerning the enhancement of measures to prevent and combat Covid-19 when students resume their school activities.

Accordingly, the ministry requested leaders of agencies and units to arrange enough resources for Covid-19 prevention and control and to strictly implement the Ministry of Health’s specialised recommendations regarding the to-do contents before, during and after the time when students return to school.

The disinfection work is implemented at the Nghia Tan Primary School in Hanoi's Cau Giay district.

The epidemic-free localities can allow students back to school after completing the sterilisation of classrooms and teaching equipment and the preparation of disease prevention measures for students (clean water and soap).

Meanwhile, in addition to implementing the aforementioned requests, the localities which have Covid-19 cases need to continue closely monitoring the situation and only allow students to resume schooling when prevention measures have been ensured following the Health Ministry’s recommendations.

In its dispatch sent to the MOET to advise on Covid-19 prevention and control measures at schools, the Health Environment Management Agency (under the Health Ministry) recommends that parents should take measures to enhance students’ health before they go to school, including doing regular salt water mouth and throat gargles, keeping the body warm, doing regular exercises and limiting contact with pets and wildlife animals.

Schools should not organise activities gathering many students, field trips, picnics and extra classes, while implementing the daily disinfection of classrooms, teaching equipment, doorknobs and stair handrails, the agency suggests.