Students in Ho Chi Minh City will begin returning to school next Monday after a months-long break due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee on Tuesday issued a document regarding school reopening in the southern metropolis.
Accordingly, the back-to-school date will be staggered, starting on May 4, for ninth- and 12th-grade students.
Other middle school and high school students, as well as fourth- and fifth-graders, will return to school on May 8.
The rest of elementary school students will go back to school on May 11.
All students are expected to join their teachers in taking COVID-19 preventive measures on their first day of school, and only start taking lessons on the next school day.
Kindergartens will welcome five-year-olds back on May 18, while three- and four-year-olds will not go to school until May 25. Younger kindergarteners will resume school on June 1.
|A student checks the body temperature of another on their first day back at school after a three-month COVID-19 break at Le Viet Thuat High School in Vinh City, Nghe An Province, Vietnam, April 27, 2020. Photo: Doan Hoa / Tuoi Tre|
Ho Chi Minh City chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong has tasked the municipal education and social affairs departments with building a detailed plan for school reopening that includes guidelines on COVID-19 prevention at school.
District-level steering committees for COVID-19 prevention and control are asked to monitor local schools and educational institutions.
All schools and educational establishments are requested to implement a set of criteria on COVID-19 prevention and control and review their own implementation for reporting to relevant authorities by the end of Wednesday.
The city’s education department, its lower-ranked units, and local medical centers will give further guidance based on the reports to minimize the risk of infection and ensure safety for students.
Schools and educational establishments are also asked to fetch free face masks for their students from their district-level education and training division before May 2.
Earlier, the municipal People’s Committee decided to provide each of about 1,393,000 students in the city three with reusable face masks every month for three months from their back-to-school date.
Remote learning platforms are to continue to be utilized effectively until the school reopening dates, the municipal administration said.
Hanoi chairman Nguyen Duc Chung on Monday afternoon also requested the capital city’s education sector to make adequate preparation for all universities, colleges, vocational schools, high schools, and middle schools to reopen from May 4.
|A student checks the body temperature of another on their first day back at school after a three-month COVID-19 break at Luong Van Chanh High School in Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, April 27, 2020. Photo: Lam Thien / Tuoi Tre|
Students in Vietnam have been told to stay home since the end of Tet, or the Lunar New Year holiday, in early February as a precaution against COVID-19.
After the over-three-month break, middle and high school students in the southernmost province of Ca Mau and the northern province of Thai Binh were the first among their peers in the country to return to school on April 20.
On Monday, middle and high school students in about 30 other localities also followed suit.
Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally has remained at 270 since April 24, with 221 recoveries as of Wednesday morning.
Ho Chi Minh City has reported 54 patients, four of whom are in treatment, including three relapse cases.
Hanoi has confirmed 123 cases, with 22 patients still in hospital.
Both Ca Mau and Thai Binh have recorded zero COVID-19 infections to date.
No death related to the respiratory disease has been reported in Vietnam.