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Ho Chi Minh City decides two back-to-school dates for K-12 students

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 16:53 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City decides two back-to-school dates for K-12 students
A teacher presents gifts to students at a classroom of Tran Hung Dao Elementary School in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, on the 2019-20 school- year opening day on September 5, 2019. Photo: Nhu Hung / Tuoi Tre

Authorities in Ho Chi City have decided to resume education for 12th graders from March 9, and welcome back students of the other levels one week later, as local schools continue to be closed to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The decision was made by the municpal People’s Committee at a meeting in the city on Saturday morning.

Accordingly, 12th-grade students of both general and continuing education schools will stay home through March 8.

Kindergarteners, first to 11th-grade students, and those enrolled in information technology and foreign language centers or tutoring and life skills education centers will not return to school until after March 15.

Private vocational school students will not resume studies until the end of March.

Meanwhile, public schools in Hanoi will be closed until after March 8, with international schools exceptionally allowed to reopen on March 2.

In most other provinces and cities, middle and high schools will reopen next Monday, while elementary schools and kindergartens will remain closed through March 8.

The COVID-19, which first surfaced in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, has infected over 85,100 people and killed 2,924 globally as of Saturday morning, according to the South China Morning Post.

South Korea has confirmed 16 deaths from 2,931 positive cases so far, becoming the biggest cluster of infections outside China.

To date, Vietnam has reported 16 cases of the viral infection, including 13 Vietnamese, one Vietnamese American, and two Chinese.

All of them have fully recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

The country has recorded no new infection since February 13.

Most provinces and cities in Vietnam previously decided to let students stay home until the end of February to prevent the viral infection.

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