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9th, 12th graders in HCMC might return to school in early December

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Education and Training will propose the municipal government allow ninth and 12th graders to return to in-person classes in early December.

Director of the municipal department Nguyen Van Hieu was speaking at a conference on the 2021-2022 school year on October 29.

The reopening of in-person classes must meet Covid safety requirements and also depend on the Covid situation in each district, Hieu said.

All districts in the city will have to complete the Covid vaccination of students at high schools this week, while younger students will be vaccinated next as the vaccine is the key to getting students back to in-person instruction.

The director of the department said that the health authorities of districts were reinstating the status of those schools converted into quarantine centers. Some 250 public schools in HCMC will be returned to district authorities in November so that students can return to school in coming months.

As of October 28, two days after vaccinating children, some 40,000 children aged between 12 and 17 in 21 districts and Thu Duc City had been vaccinated against Covid-19, the local media reported.

After getting the second shot of the Covid vaccine in early December, students can attend in-person classes, he added.

Earlier, the municipal department mapped out a plan to reopen schools in areas at low or moderate risk.

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