The Education Bureau announced that all secondary schools in Hong Kong must suspend face-to-face classes and all school activities on or before next Monday (24th), which is the same as the current arrangement for all primary schools, kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres in Hong Kong until the Lunar New Year holiday.
As for private schools offering non-formal courses, i.e. tutorial schools, face-to-face classes at all levels are suspended until February 7.
The authorities pointed out that, as now is a critical time for preparing for the current Diploma of Secondary Education examination, secondary schools can arrange for Secondary 6 students to return to school for up to half a day of necessary learning and assessment activities while taking strict epidemic prevention measures.
The Education Bureau announced that all secondary schools in Hong Kong must suspend face-to-face classes and all school activities on or before next Monday (24th).
A spokesman for the Education Bureau said that the epidemic situation has become more severe in recent days. There have been many confirmed cases of unknown origin in Hong Kong, and there has been invisible transmission in the community. There have also been confirmed or preliminary confirmed cases in schools. Teachers and students need to be tested and even quarantined.
The Education Bureau made the above decision after considering a number of factors.
The authorities pointed out that due to the critical moment of preparation for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination, secondary schools can arrange for Secondary 6 students to return to school for up to half a day of necessary learning and assessment activities while taking strict epidemic prevention measures. This arrangement also applies to Provides the level of candidates for the current public examinations of non-local curriculum schools.
For other levels, schools should cancel or postpone exams and other campus events held at the school.
The authorities pointed out that during the suspension of face-to-face classes, schools will flexibly use different teaching modes for teaching, so that students can continue to learn at home.
The school premises must remain open to take care of students who have to return to school due to lack of care at home.
The school will arrange staff on duty to handle school affairs and answer parental enquiries.
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The bureau continued to point out that schools should remind parents to take preventive measures and pay attention to the health of their children, and students should avoid going to crowded places with poor ventilation.
During the suspension of face-to-face classes, schools should continue to maintain communication with parents and students, care about students’ learning and emotional needs, and provide parents with feasible assistance.
Schools should also keep the campus environment clean and hygienic at all times, and continue to strictly follow the "Health Guidelines for Schools" issued by the Education Bureau and the "Health Guidelines for Schools on the Prevention of COVID-19" issued by the Centre for Health Protection, and effectively implement various anti-epidemic measures.
The bureau said that it will send a letter to schools later today to notify the relevant detailed arrangements, calling on staff, parents and students who have not yet been vaccinated to be vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their families, and to build more effective protective barriers for the campus and community.
The Education Bureau will closely monitor and cooperate with the development of the overall anti-epidemic measures in Hong Kong, and further study the school's class arrangements after the Lunar New Year holiday, which is expected to be announced before the end of this month.
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