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Vietnamese students return to school following months-long break

Monday, May 04, 2020, 15:00 GMT+7
Vietnamese students return to school following months-long break
Students wear face masks and plastic shields in a classroom of Tran Quang Khai High School in Ho Chi Minh City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Nhu Hung / Tuoi Tre

Students across Vietnam returned to school on Monday morning following a prolonged school closure due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) epidemic.

Many localities had already allowed partial school resumption on Monday last week, but for others, including such major cities as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, May 4 is the back-to-school day after three months.

Due to the complicated epidemic, all students in the Southeast Asian country had been told to stay home for their safety since the end of the Lunar New Year holiday in early February.

Ho Chi Minh City

In Ho Chi Minh City, the administration allowed ninth and twelfth graders to return to school on May 4, while students of other grades will take turns resuming their education in the following weeks.

Ninth and twelfth graders had a meeting with their homeroom teachers on Monday to learn about safety measures during the COVID-19 epidemic, while lessons will start on Tuesday.

At Le Van Tam Middle School in Binh Thanh District, students waited in five lines to have their body temperature measured before entering the school.

Nearly 400 ninth graders of nine classes are now divided into 14 classes, each having about 23 students, according to Nguyen Anh Tuan, the headmaster.

Half of these classes study on even days while the others on odd days of the week. Students are seated one meter from one another in the classroom.

Similar methods are also applied at other middle and high schools in the city.

Ho Chi Minh City has more than 270 middle schools and 194 high schools with about 87,000 ninth graders and 63,000 twelfth graders.

Students of Le Van Tam Middle School in Ho Chi Minh City keep distance from each other inside the school yard on May 4, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students of Le Van Tam Middle School in Ho Chi Minh City keep distance from one another in the schoolyard on May 4, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students have their body temperature measured before entering of Vo Thi Sau High School in Ho Chi Minh City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students have their body temperature measured before entering of Vo Thi Sau High School in Ho Chi Minh City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi

Middle and high schools in the capital were reopened on Monday, whereas students of other grades will return on May 11.

All schools have made careful preparations for the comeback of their students.

Students were subject to temperature checks before entry and were required to wear face masks on campus.

A safe distance was maintained between the students in their classrooms.

Students of Trung Van Middle School in Hanoi have their body temperature measured on May 4, 2020. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Students of Trung Van Middle School in Hanoi have their body temperature measured on May 4, 2020. Photo: Viet Dung / Tuoi Tre

Students wear face masks and plastic shields inside a classroom of Yen Hoa High School in Hanoi on May 4, 2020. Photo: Vinh Ha / Tuoi Tre

Students wear face masks in a classroom of Yen Hoa High School in Hanoi on May 4, 2020. Photo: Vinh Ha / Tuoi Tre

Da Nang

In the central city of Da Nang, all students from grades one to 12 returned to school on Monday morning.

They had their body temperature monitored and sanitized their hands before entering the schoolyard.

Many schools have removed recess time and only let students take a short break in their classrooms at the end of each period.

Students have their body temperature measured before entering of Tay Son High School in Da Nang City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Students have their body temperature measured before entering Tay Son High School in Da Nang City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Doan Cuong / Tuoi Tre

Can Tho

Nearly 46,000 students of grades eight to 12 in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho came back to school on Monday, while those of grades one to seven will return on May 11.

At Luong The Vinh Middle School, students of 53 classes have been divided into 73 classes for physical distancing.

Eighth graders will study in the morning and ninth graders in the afternoon, said principal Vo Thanh Tam.

At Chau Van Liem High School, students will spend the first week learning safety measures regarding the COVID-19 epidemic as well as reviewing their previous lessons.

Students have their body temperature measured before entering of Chau Van Liem High School in Can Tho City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Thuy Trang / Tuoi Tre

Students have their body temperature measured before entering Chau Van Liem High School in Can Tho City on May 4, 2020. Photo: Thuy Trang / Tuoi Tre

The back-to-school day in some other provinces in Vietnam can be seen in the following photos and videos:

Few students play in the school yard during recess at a middle school in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on May 4, 2020. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

A few students play in the schoolyard during recess at a middle school in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on May 4, 2020. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

Students at a middle school in Dong Nai Province attend the flag-raising ceremony inside the classroom instead of the school yard on May 4, 2020. Photo: H.S. / Tuoi Tre

Students at a middle school in Dong Nai Province attend a flag salute ceremony in the classroom instead of the schoolyard on May 4, 2020. Photo: H.S. / Tuoi Tre

Elementary school students in Quang Nam Province have their health monitored before entering the school on May 4, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Elementary school students in Quang Nam Province have their health monitored before entering the school on May 4, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

Elementary school students in Khanh Hoa Province on May 4, 2020. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

Elementary school students in Khanh Hoa Province on May 4, 2020. Photo: Minh Chien / Tuoi Tre

A classroom of a primary school in Thua Thien-Hue Province on May 4, 2020. Photo: Nam Anh / Tuoi Tre

A classroom of an elementary school in Thua Thien-Hue Province on May 4, 2020. Photo: Nam Anh / Tuoi Tre

Students return to school in Nghe An Province on May 4, 2020. Video: Tuoi Tre

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