Shanghai schools ordered to remain closed

Yang Meiping
To ensure the safety of students, all schools in the city will be closed until at least the end of the month. A new start date for the spring semester will be announced later.
Yang Meiping

All schools in Shanghai will remain closed until at least the end of February, authorities announced during a news conference on Wednesday.

The city government had previously asked schools not to reopen for the spring semester until February 17. The latest postponement was made in light of developments in the epidemic situation to ensure the safety of students.

A new opening date has not been set. The government said it will announce the new date as soon as one is decided. It will also allow time for teachers, parents and students to prepare.

Schools should provide students with learning materials and suggestions for studying at home, as well as psychological counselling before the new semester starts. Students are encouraged to do physical exercise and housework until classes resume.

Schools are also asked to keep contact with students during the extended holiday.

The Shanghai Education Commission is working together with education bureaus in districts and schools around the city to make preparations for the new semester. Plans include offering online teaching.

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