Schools Re-open in Wuhan on May 6 and South Korean students to begin returning to school from May 13

Schools Re-open in Wuhan on May 6 and South Korean students to begin returning to school from May 13

Schools Re-open in Wuhan on May 6 and South Korean students to begin returning to school from May 13

On May 6, all the senior students will return to schools, which marks a new beginning for the education plan for this year," Xia Chunyin from Wuhan’s education bureau said while South Korea will gradually begin to re-open schools from May 13, the country's education minister Yoo Eun-hae said on Monday.

Final-year high school students in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak was first detected last December, will return to school this Wednesday.


Senior students will be returning to school to prepare for the Gao Kao, China’s university exam, which has been postponed by a month, to July.

Xia said school officials have implemented a three-step plan to help students readjust to the classroom, including psychological assistance to aid the transition from online learning.

For now, only final-year students will be allowed to return to school. The education bureau said younger students will slowly go back to school in several phases, but a time frame for their return has not yet been laid out.

Year Three students in high schools will be the first to return to classes, allowing them to make career and college decisions, she said. Other schools, including kindergartens, elementary schools and middle schools, will be fully opened by June 1.

As a precautionary measure, students and teachers should wear masks and keep ample distance from each other, and schools should keep desk surfaces clean and windows open, to ensure good ventilation, she said.

The minister added that anyone with suspected coronavirus symptoms must have their health checked at designated medical centers. Schools with confirmed cases will be immediately shut to prevent the spread of Covid-19, she said.

South Korea will relax its strict social distancing rules, starting May 6, as the number of new coronavirus cases has remained low, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Sunday. The measures has been in effect since March 22.

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