Schools in HCMC to be reopened on March 1
The Saigon Times
|A security guard checks the body temperature of a student. Students in HCMC will return to school on March 1 – PHOTO: PLO|
HCMC – More than 1.74 million students in HCMC will return to school from March 1 after a long break due to the resurgence of Covid-19.
The municipal government made the decision on February 24, asking the Department of Education and Training to coordinate with the Department of Health to instruct schools to take measures to ensure safety for students and teachers, the local media reported.
Schools must ask students and trainees returning to the city from Covid-19-hit areas or having visited these areas to make health declarations.
Those who deliberately make dishonest health declarations or fail to comply with quarantine regulations will be addressed in line with the law. In addition, the municipal government required schools to direct their students, teachers and employees to declare their health conditions online on a daily basis.
The HCMC government had earlier decided to allow students to stay home and study online after the Tet holiday.
On February 23, the municipal Department of Education and Training proposed the resumption of schools in the city from March 1.
As of February 19, the local education sector reported a student infected with Covid-19, 74 students and teachers having direct contact with Covid-19 patients, 361 students and teachers having indirect contact with patients and 2,680 students and teachers returning from Covid-19-stricken areas.
Meanwhile, the entire city has confirmed 210 Covid-19 cases, with 193 of them having recovered from the disease and 17 others being treated. In addition, the city is quarantining more than 1,300 people at centralized quarantine centers and 524 others at home.