Further In-person Learning Postponement for Students in Shenzhen

Now Shenzhen   |   February 21, 2022

FOURTH grade students and above will learn their lessons online as the spring term, originally planned to start today, was further postponed due to Shenzhen’s new wave of COVID cases, according to a notice released by the city’s education authority Saturday.

Students in their final year of senior high school, who meet health requirements, have returned to schools today as scheduled. However, those who couldn’t return to schools are currently taking online courses at home. Schools with returning students are subjected to closed-loop management.

The city’s education authority will organize a unified online class arrangement for fourth to sixth grade students, as well as for those in junior high schools. Senior high schools will instead launch online classes independently for 10th and 11th grade students.

Each online class should not go beyond 30 minutes and a maximum of six online classes are allowed to be held each day, according to the notice.

Schools are also encouraged to map out an online education management system to optimize students’ online learning experience to improve teaching quality.

In response to the country’s “double reduction” policy to further reduce students’ school burdens, kindergartens are not allowed to conduct online classes and first to third grade students, in principle, are also not allowed to have online classes until the new semester starts. However, arrangements can be made for students to read, do sports, handicrafts, arts and labor activities.

At the same time, schools are required to arrange online art, music and indoor sports lessons each day and should not force students to report their learning experience online each day.

After-school educational institutions are required to continue halting face-to-face training, based on the notice.

Since Tuesday, the Shenzhen Municipal Education Bureau has cooperated with other government departments to jointly check the situation at schools and off-campus training institutions to ensure safety.

A screenshot, widely circulating among parents saying that schools will not open until the pandemic comes to an end, was in fact a report made in February 2020, DT News reported.

Article from:  SHENZHEN DAILY