HCM City schools,prepare to welcome students back
Staff at Son Ca 3 Kindergarten in HCM City’s Hoc Mon District clean up to welcome students back after the months-long closure due to COVID-19. — Photo www.sggp.org.vn

They are cleaning and rearranging classrooms, furniture and teaching tools to ensure children’s safety though the city has not yet decided on the exact date of reopening due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.

Le Hoai Nam, deputy director of the Department of Education and Training, said his department has set safety criteria for schools.

All have been told to prepare for students’ return to classes but also have plans for teaching online if the pandemic resurges.

Many schools were used as COVID treatment and quarantine facilities and so needed to be thoroughly disinfected and cleaned before reopening.

Dang Dinh Quy, vice principal of Nguyen Thai Binh High School in Tan Binh District, told Sài Gòn Giải Phóng (Liberated Sai Gon) newspaper that his school has completed preparations for classrooms and equipment, and more than 95 per cent of its students have been vaccinated.

“I hope the students stay healthy, and always strictly comply with the 5K regulations when they return to school.”

The school’s medical worker, Han Hong Thai, said she and teachers helped vaccinate the school’s students, and was happy teachers, staff and students could reunite after more than five months.

“There were radiant smiles behind the masks.”

Teachers and students at Vo Van Kiet High School in District 8 are also very eager to return to classes.

Nguyen Ngoc Gia Huy, an 11th grade student at the school, said he and his classmates have got the first dose of a vaccine and would get the second soon, and so are not worried about returning to class.

All classrooms at Truong Thanh Secondary School in Thu Duc City have been cleaned carefully for reopening after months of serving as a quarantine facility.


An eighth-grade student, Dao Xuan Vinh, said he has been studying online for the past two months.

“I’m looking forward to the first day back at school so that I can meet my teachers and classmates again.”

In recent days staff of the Binh Chieu Secondary School in Thu Duc have repaired school facilities, planted saplings and placed flowerpots to be ready to welcome students back.

Preparations are also under way at many primary schools and kindergartens.

Tran Van Van Primary School in Thu Duc has cleaned classrooms, added books to the library and installed a basin for washing hands.

Officials, teachers and employees cleaned the campus and disinfected all utensils and toys.

Tuoi Tho Kindergarten in District 1 has repaired students’ lockers, decorated classrooms and cleaned and disinfected them and teaching tools and toys.

Preschools have not been able to teach online and were instead told to create video lessons and other teaching methods and send to parents to help their children learn at home.

Many private preschools have had to close down after being bankrupted due to the pandemic.

Source: Vietnam News

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