Seventh to 12th graders in Hanoi’s low- and medium-risk Covid-19 areas will return to schools February 8, the capital city administration announced Monday.
The decision to allow the students aged 14-17 to return to school after eight months of studying online was made as per a proposal made by the municipal Department of Education and Training.
According to the department, the pandemic situation in the city has been brought under control and a majority of students have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
At present, 98.3 percent of children aged 12-14 have got two doses while the rate is 97.6 percent in the 15-17 age group.
Students in Hanoi had stopped attending schools since last May under the impacts of the fourth Covid-19 wave.
On November 8 last year, direct classes were resumed for about 4,000 9th graders in Ba Vi District. Two weeks later, 9th graders in 17 districts and suburban towns of the capital city also got back to school.
On December 6, several high schools reopened for 12th graders.
There are now around 64,000 students out of 2.2 million in the capital studying in school, while the rest remain home and attend online classes.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had requested cities and provinces last week to let students 12 and above get back to school as soon as possible after the Tet (Lunar New Year) break, especially in localities that have achieved a high vaccination rate for children aged 12-17.
This year, the Tet festival break will last nine days from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6.
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