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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

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The Government today announced Primary 1 to 3 face-to-face classes and school activities of all primary schools and special school primary sections will be suspended from November 23 to December 6.

The announcement of the two-week class suspension was made in light of the latest situation of the COVID-19 epidemic and the outbreak of upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) in schools.

The Education Bureau also said Primary 4 to 6 of primary schools and all levels of secondary schools should strictly observe all the health protection measures when conducting face-to-face classes and school activities.

The measures include maintaining an appropriate social distance, checking body temperatures upon entry to school premises as well as the wearing of masks at all times inside the school premises.

Schools are requested not to arrange activities which require students to take off their masks.

In the case of a URTI or confirmed COVID-19 case being reported, schools must follow the Centre for Health Protection’s advice on suspension of face-to-face classes and related epidemic prevention measures including suspending the affected classes during specified periods.

The bureau also announced all kindergartens and kindergarten/child care centres will continue to suspend face-to-face classes and all school activities to December 6.

The bureau will issue letters to inform schools of the related arrangements and measures that schools should implement to sustain students’ learning at home through flexible use of various learning modes.

During the suspension of face-to-face classes, schools should remain open to take care of those students who have to go back to school because of the lack of carers at home.

MIL OSI Asia Pacific News