School Reopening Safety Requirements Announced

By 2020-08-26 14:32:40

While most of us are waiting for schools to reopen, there still are health concerns as this is the first time schools have been properly open since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. To help control the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second wave, The Ministry of Education and The National Health Commission have released a set of revised COVID-19 measures for schools across China. 

Officials in each district will facilitate the reopening for the fall semester of high schools, secondary schools, primary schools and kindergartens according to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission official WeChat account.

The guidelines state that students and staff from low-risk areas must present a green health code (Health Kit QR) before being allowed to enter the premises. Staff and students will also have their temperature checked before entering the school. 

People from medium risk areas will have to provide a negative COVID-19 nucleic acid test one week prior to returning to school. 

Schools across China will reopen on a staggered schedule. Likewise, a select few universities have been allowed to invite students back to school in batches. 

For kindergartens, children are not required to wear masks, but teachers and staff must. Parents will not be allowed on school premises at any time. 

Similar rules will be applied in primary and middle schools and children must carry masks, but those in low-risk areas like Shanghai, do not need to wear them at all times. 

Schools across the board have been asked to improve the cleanliness of cafeterias, and to stagger mealtimes to prevent overcrowding. Students will be reminded to keep their hands clean and maintain a safe distance from each other. 

Source:  上海教育, Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.