|Provinces, cities consider allowing students to return to schools as Covid-19 situation relieved|
|Students in many provinces and cities coming back to schools|
|Several provinces allow students get back to school next week|
Students at a primary school in Hanoi wear masks in class in May 2020. (Photo: VNE)
Over two million students in Hanoi would return to school on March 2, about an extended one-month Tet break and online classes due to Covid-19.
Students from kindergarten to high school levels would return to school on March 2, while those from vocational schools would return on March 8. University student schedules would be determined by the schools themselves, though the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control recommended they reopen starting March 15 to ensure social distancing measures, the municipal People's Committee said Saturday.
|The students would have their body temperature checked before entering class (Photo: Lao Dong)|
|(Photo: Thanh Nien)|
Previously, Hanoi students started staying home on Feb. 1, about a week earlier than the expected beginning of the Tet break due to a new wave of Covid-19 sweeping nationwide. After the one-week holiday, they continued to study online.
As on-site classes resume, parents need to take their children's body temperatures at home, prepare them masks and personal items so they would not have to share them with classmates to avoid infection, city authorities said. Schools are required to regularly disinfect areas, especially those being constantly touched, and vehicles used to carry students.
|All will wear face masks during class (Photo: Bao Lao Dong)|
Hanoi has not recorded any community transmission for nearly two weeks. The city still has two locations under lockdown: the Somerset hotel in Tay Ho District and a neighborhood with five families in Me Linh District. Their lockdown would be lifted on Sunday.
Vietnam has recorded 2,426 Covid-19 cases so far, 548 still active.
|In 2020, Vietnamese students spent a what was considered the longest Tet ever which lasted four-month due to the complicated pandemic development. A large number of students had resorted to online classes.|
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