Schools to make a cautious reopening

Local | Mandy Zheng 25 May 2020

Students returning to school on Wednesday are urged to be mindful of personal hygiene as additional disease control measures will be implemented.

Speaking on a radio program yesterday, Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung Yun-hung detailed Covid-19 prevention measures to be taken in schools, which will see the first batch of Secondary Three to Five students resuming classes on Wednesday.

He also offered students advice, such as to "wash your hands frequently and properly, avoid touching [the] eyes, nose and mouth, [and] keep a reasonable distance from others and avoid going to crowded places".

To improve their immune system, students "should maintain a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet, as well as regular exercise and sufficient rest," Yeung said.

Schools will operate on a half-day basis to reduce risk at meal times.

Students will sit in single rows in the classroom to "maximize personal space to ensure a proper physical distance."

"Non-essential gatherings of students and extracurricular activities are to be avoided, and school assemblies are to be conducted using the public announcement system," Yeung said.

Physical education classes will be organized carefully, with activities without physical contact preferred.

As for music lessons, wind instruments will be avoided.

Other measures include the frequent and regular cleaning and disinfection of school facilities, using indoor ventilation systems, and checking students' body temperature and health conditions.

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