As Hong Kong and the mainland are exempted from quarantine and customs clearance, cross-border students who are forced to stop traveling between Hong Kong and Shenzhen to go to school every day can resume classes in Hong Kong without quota at the earliest in the second week of February after three years.
However, the principal of the North District Primary School revealed that on February 1, about 40 to 50 cross-border students will return to Hong Kong to attend classes before the implementation of the quota-free and quarantine-free arrangements. On February 2, about 100 people will return to Hong Kong. Most of them are expected to be senior students. The school has prepared to hold a Chinese New Year Cultural Day to celebrate and welcome cross-border students back to school.
▼On January 5, cross-border students will resume face-to-face teaching after the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong▼
Cross-border middle school students return to Hong Kong for classes in early February, primary school students have to wait until early February
When the Hong Kong government announced the details of the first phase of customs clearance, it has announced the introduction of arrangements for cross-border students returning to school in February. At that time, cross-border students do not need to apply for customs clearance quotas in advance when they return to Shenzhen.
The arrangement was originally scheduled to be launched in early February, but the Education Bureau announced the latest progress last Friday (27th). late month.
At present, when entering Hong Kong and going north to the mainland, it is necessary to hold a valid negative nucleic acid test certificate within 48 hours. The Education Bureau strives to replace it with a negative rapid test.
Zhu Weilin, principal of Fengxi No. 1 Primary School.
(File photo/photo by Zheng Zifeng)
Fengxi No. 1 Primary School organizes Chinese New Year Cultural Day to welcome cross-border students back to Hong Kong for classes
Zhu Weilin, vice chairman of the New Territories Principals Association and principal of Fengxi No. 1 Primary School, said that 30% of the students in the school and about 200 of them are cross-border students. On the first day of the next semester, a Chinese New Year Cultural Day will be held to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and through a relaxed learning atmosphere, cross-border students who have been away for several years can adapt to the campus.
He said that the school earlier encouraged cross-border students to actively return to school on that day. According to school statistics, about 40 to 50 students will return to Hong Kong to attend classes on February 1. They must pass the customs quota and undergo nucleic acid testing.
He pointed out that last Friday the Education Bureau announced that cross-border students in elementary schools would not be able to return to school until late February, and the school received about 100 cross-border students who would return to school on February 2. "I am satisfied with the numbers, but the measures have been changed. I don’t have the guts to say whether there will be fewer people coming back in the future, I’ll have to tell the day.”
According to the current customs clearance arrangement, cross-border students need to undergo nucleic acid testing as short as daily to meet the entry requirements for traveling between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and at most need to be tested every other day; All must apply for the quota for non-mainland residents going north.
Affected by the epidemic, cross-border students have not been able to return to Hong Kong for nearly three years.
The school maintains a dual-track teaching system, and Hong Kong students can continue to take online classes in the future
Zhu Weilin continued that cross-border students have been looking forward to returning to school during the three-year period of the epidemic. The school has arranged to send textbooks to the students' homes, and arrangements such as car insurance are also ready. The school uniform supplier has also opened online ordering.
He said that since February 1st is an event day, students can wear Hanfu and Tang suits to return to school. If cross-border students have difficulty purchasing school uniforms, they will be relaxed a few days after the start of school.
He added that the school will maintain dual-track teaching and provide online courses and other arrangements for cross-border students who cannot return to school for the time being. After the authorities formally implement the quota-free return to school arrangement, new orientation activities will be held.
▼January 8 Sunset Mazhou/Futian Port Customs Clearance▼
Yesterday, the Federation of Churches urged the government to attach great importance to and solve the problems arising from the return of cross-border students to Hong Kong to resume classes as soon as possible.
The association pointed out that nucleic acid reports are still required to travel between the two places, which has brought great inconvenience to a large number of cross-border students. It hopes that the government will announce the specific arrangements for cross-border students to replace nucleic acid tests with rapid tests as soon as possible; it hopes that the government will formulate plans to open Luohu, Liantang, Ports such as Huanggang and Sha Tau Kok provide the greatest transportation convenience for cross-boundary students.
The association continued to point out that cross-border students were unable to participate in face-to-face classes due to customs closures, and their learning environment, campus activities, and daily life have undergone major changes after class resumption.
Therefore, the government is urged to review the actual needs of cross-boundary students and provide them with emotional counseling, physical and mental health and academic support, so as to help them re-adapt to the learning and living environment smoothly.
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