Coronavirus: Students In Wuhan Resume Back To School

Chinese students in the global virus epicentre of Wuhan have returned back to class on Wednesday, wearing masks and walking in single file past thermal scanners. Senior school students in 121 institutions were back in front of chalkboards and digital displays for the first time since their city shut down in January due to the coronavirus pandemic
Coronavirus: Students In Wuhan Resume Back To School
Coronavirus: Students In Wuhan Resume Back To School

Teenagers sat at individual desks spaced a metre (3.3 feet) apart, seeing their teachers in the flesh after months of distance learning. Resumptions of schools was the latest step in a gradual normalising of life in Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province. The city was locked down for 76 days and only reopened last month.

Only the province’s oldest students were present on Wednesday, vocational students and seniors who are due to take the make-or-break university entrance exams. Return dates have generally not been confirmed for junior and middle school students, although some localities have allowed their return as well. Officials in Wuhan say students and staff must all have had virus tests before going back to school, and campuses have been disinfected and cleaned.
In preparation for reopening, some schools spaced out their desks and organised smaller class sizes, according to local media. Thermal scanners greeted everyone walking through school gates, and anyone with a high temperature was not allowed in.  Armed police officers were seen standing guard at the entrance of Wuhan No.17 Middle School, with officers also pictured outside other schools around the province.

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