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Hanoi pauses school reopening plan for 17 outlying districts

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Hanoi government has issued an urgent dispatch pausing the reopening of schools planned on November 8 in 17 outlying districts and a town, but still allowed Ba Vi District to reopen a few schools in low- or moderate-risk areas.

The reopening pause was due to a spike in new Covid cases in the community, the local media reported.

As the city’s outlying district of Ba Vi is still at low risk of Covid-19 community spread, each commune or town in the district is allowed to select one school for reopening on November 8. Fifth, sixth, ninth, tenth and 12th graders should be prioritized to return to school, while kindergarteners will continue to stay at home.

Schools in the remaining 29 urban and suburban districts in the city will continue organizing virtual classes, according to the dispatch.

Earlier on November 1, the municipal government approved the Hanoi Education and Training Department’s proposal to allow students in areas at low or moderate risk in 18 outlying districts and town to get back to in-person classes on November 8.

However, the first week of November has seen several areas in these suburban districts detect some Covid cases. As such, the authorities of these districts proposed the Hanoi government suspend the school reopening plan to ensure the safety of students and teachers and prevent the spread of Covid.

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