MOE issues rules for class suspension in event of coronavirus cases

02/20/2020 06:15 PM
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Taipei, Feb. 20 (CNA) The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Thursday issued a set of guidelines for the suspension of classes in schools, in the event of confirmed coronavirus cases, as the new semester is about to start after an extended winter vacation.

According to the guidelines, if one person in a class -student or teacher - at the kindergarten to grade 9 level (K-9) is diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection, the class will be suspended for 14 days.

If two or more coronavirus cases are confirmed in a school, it will be closed for 14 days, the ministry said.

In the event that one-third of the schools in a township, city or district are shut down due to the virus, all others in that area will be closed as well, the MOE said.

Regarding high schools, colleges and universities, the ministry said that if a student or teacher is diagnosed with the coronavirus, all of the classes they attend or teach will be suspended for 14 days.

Two or more cases of COVID-19 in an institution at any level will require its closure for 14 days, the MOE said.

Schools in Taiwan at the K-12 level will open Feb. 25 for the new semester after a two-week postponement, as part of the government's efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 that originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Most universities, which were due to start in the spring semester around Feb. 17, will open instead on or around March 2.

(By Cheng Chih-chung and Evelyn Kao)

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