HCMC – The Danang government on November 15 approved a proposal from the municipal Department of Education and Training over reopening high schools in late November.
The city will allow 12th graders to return to school from November 22, while 10th and 11th graders will get back to in-person classes from November 29, the local media reported.
Meanwhile, junior high schools will reopen after eighth and ninth graders receive a first shot of the Covid vaccine at least 14 days prior to the reopening.
The reopening of schools will only be allowed in areas at low and moderate risk of coronavirus transmission.
As many as 54 communes and wards in Danang City are identified as moderate-risk areas, while the remaining two wards, Nai Hien Dong and An Hai Bac in Son Tra District, are at high risk.
As there is no detailed guidance on the vaccination of children under 12, the education and health authorities will monitor the Covid situation and decide on the reopening of schools. They will also inform schools and students about the reopening a week in advance, Danang Vice Chairwoman Ngo Thi Kim Yen told an anti-Covid meeting with the Danang anti-pandemic steering committee on November 15.
Vocational training schools and universities in areas at low and moderate risk in the city were told to proactively map out plans to reopen in-person classes and submit them to the education authorities for consideration.
The city planned to allow students to return to school on November 15, but many Covid infection clusters were detected, leading to a pause in the school reopening plan.
To date, 97% of teachers and high-school students in the city have received the first shot of the Covid vaccine, according to the Danang Department of Education and Training.