Beijing schools will begin to reopen on Monday, April 27, the Municipal Education Commission announced this week. High school seniors will be the first to be reinstated, followed by 9th graders on May 11.
Source: sean Kong
These grades will be the first to return because of the high school exams in Chinese public schools, but no indication has yet been given about the plan for international schools.
In recent weeks, more schools across China have been cautiously opening in graded batches since China’s Ministry of Education suggested a staggered approach on February 28 to minimize the risk of a second COVID-19 outbreak. Just like Beijing is set to see, 9th and 12th grades were the first to return, followed by other high school and middle school classes in the preceding weeks. Elementary schools, kindergartens, preschools, colleges, universities and training centers should be the last to return, according to the official advice.
All students and staff returning to schools are required to follow 25 guidelines laid out by the State Council, including installing temporary isolation areas for anyone showing coronavirus symptoms, following proper ventilation and sanitation protocols, and having returning students and teachers submit to daily health checks and a mandatory 14-day quarantine if they’ve been overseas. Large group activities have also been banned and break times are to be taken in shifts to avoid students congregating in the yard or cafeteria.
However, many families and teachers are still stuck abroad after China blocked the entry of all foreigners on March 28. This issue has not been addressed by Beijing’s Municipal Education Commission, but the Beijinger reports that online learning is likely to continue to some extent at many schools, even as they reopen physical classrooms.
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