COVID Tests No Longer Mandatory at School

  • By Kim Eun-gyeong

    August 05, 2022 13:21

    Kindergartens, and primary and secondary schools reopen this month for the second semester and students will not have to self-test at home for coronavirus as they did until April.
    Instead, all students and teachers will be given two self-test kits so that they can self-test if they have COVID symptoms, the Education Ministry said Thursday.
    Some 74 percent of nationwide kindergartens and about 85 percent of schools reopen, after their summer vacation, in the middle of this month.
    Students study standing up to avoid falling asleep in a private crammer in Seoul on July 28. /Yonhap
    In the annual university entrance exam on Nov. 17, all candidates will still have to wear face masks. Candidates who test positive for COVID can sit the exam in separate rooms at test venues.
    Last year they had to sit the exam in designated hospitals or other isolation facilities, but this year, they will be allowed to go out and take their family car or a taxi to the venue. Only candidates who are in hospital with severe symptoms will have to sit the exam there.
    All test venues will set aside two classrooms for COVID patients or others with flu symptoms.
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