Seoul Offers Guidelines for Reopening of Schools

  • By You So-yeon

    May 19, 2020 11:11

    The Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education on Monday issued experimental guidelines to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus infections as schools reopen.

    High school seniors will return to school first on Wednesday and the rest will follow in the coming weeks. They could be taught alternately one week online, one week off according to their grades.

    Elementary and middle schoolchildren should attend school at least once a week, but parents can home-school them for up to 34 more days without losing points for attendance. Kindergartens can also give both online and offline classes starting May 27.

    A worker disinfects a classroom at a school in Sejong City on Monday. /Yonhap

    Each school will have discretion to decide which type of classes they will give, a spokesman for the office said. "We've provided minimum guidelines for offline classes."

    They also involve thermal imaging cameras being installed and pupils having their temperature taken twice a day. If any coronavirus infection occurs, the school will close again.

    Some parents feel this barely lightens their burden and their kids are unlikely to learn much. One 39-year-old mother said, "It's going to be just the same amount of trouble as homeschooling if my kid goes to school only once a week."

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