From today, more than two-thirds of schools in the metropolitan area will go to school… Expansion of face-to-face classes

Every day for the first 1 or 2 years, less than a half for 3 to 6 years… In middle school, less than a third of students attend school

School attendance will be expanded from the 6th at schools in the metropolitan area where the 4th level of social distancing has been extended.

According to the ‘School Management Plan for the Second Semester’ announced by the Ministry of Education last month, from this day on, even in the 4th stage area, about two-thirds of each school level can attend school.

Elementary school 1st and 2nd graders go to school every day, 3rd-6th graders go to school at one-half, and middle school students go to school at less than two-thirds.

In high schools, high school 3, which is an exception to high school density, go to school every day, and high schools 1 and 2 can attend half of the school or go to school entirely.

All kindergartens, elementary, middle, and high schools in areas falling under the 1st to 3rd level of distancing will go to school.

Kindergartens and special schools (grades) can return to school regardless of the level of distancing.

The Ministry of Education has set the preparation period from the beginning of the second semester, which started last month, to the last 3 days, and expanded the school attendance step by step.

During this period, in the area with the 4th level of distancing, middle school attended 1/3 of the school and high school 1 and 2 attended 1/2 of the high school.

In elementary school, 1st and 2nd graders went to school every day, and the 3rd and 6th grades took remote classes.

At the same time as the opening of the second semester, the number of student confirmed cases has not been slowing down, with the number of confirmed students hitting the highest this year.

Recently, a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Education emphasized, “Even in the fourth stage of distancing, it is possible to expand school attendance through various quarantine measures, and face-to-face classes are essential.”

According to the Ministry of Education, 1,119 students tested positive for COVID-19 across the country for one week from August 26 to September 1, with an average daily average of 159.9.

Along with the expansion of school attendance, the Ministry of Education decided to install partitions in 98.6% of school cafeterias nationwide and to conduct preemptive gene amplification (PCR) tests in a total of six cities and provinces for early detection of infected people.

In addition, it plans to complete vaccinations for education workers, high school seniors, and college students who are receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by the beginning of this month.

(yunhap news)

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