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Primary schools prepare for students’ return after pandemic

Update: May, 11/2020 - 08:00
Teachers at Chu Văn An Primary School in Hà Nội’s Hoàng Mai District clean up before students go back after the long school closure. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Tùng

HÀ NỘI — Kindergartens and primary schools in Hà Nội have been preparing for students to return to school on Monday after a three-month absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have been instructed that following the Ministry of Education and Training’s Document 1583 which said the COVID-19 pandemic had been basically controlled with no new cases in the community, they would not need to conduct student distancing and could use their air conditioners.

Đại Kim Kindergarten in Hoàng Mai District, Hà Nội, has been sterilised 12 times and the teachers have been eager to help out.

Trịnh Thị Thu Hương, the kindergarten’s principal, said that the school had been planning for the children’s return.

“Teachers will check the children’s temperatures at the classroom doors and record them every day. If any student has a high temperature, their parents will be contacted,” she said.

After checking the preparations, Phạm Đàm Thục Hạnh, head of the Hoàng Mai District Department of Education and Training, asked schools to organise training at weekends so that teachers and workers are clear about COVID-19 preventive measures and ready for any scenario.

Healthcare supervision is being focused on at Nam Hồng Primary School in Đông Anh District.

With nearly 2,000 students, the school has assigned 20 teachers and workers to check their temperatures at the school gates, and work with local police to control traffic to avoid congestion around the school.

Trần Thị Kim Dung, the school’s principal, said students would be allowed to leave school at different times based on where they lived to avoid crowding.

Schools have also been instructed to ensure food quality.

Uy Nỗ Kindergarten in Đông Anh District has invested in equipment and staff to provide lunches for 600 students.

Đỗ Thị Thu Hương, the school’s principal, said all of the equipment were sterilised based on the health sector’s regulations.

The food had clear origins and kitchen workers received regular health checks.

Chu Văn An Primary School in Hoàng Mai District, with more than 3,000 students, has also been busy preparing for their return.

It has installed nearly 90 water taps and dozens of notice boards instructing students to wash their hands properly.

Schools in remote areas are also doing their best to welcome students back.

In the northern mountainous province of Lào Cai, teachers have been visiting ethnic Mông students at home to encourage them to go back to school.

Nguyễn Thị Thùy Linh, a teacher at Sín Chéng Boarding School for Ethnic Minority Students, said it was common for teachers to visit students because many of them lived in areas with no mobile network coverage. — VNS

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