Start of new school year for K-12 students pushed back 2 days

06/24/2021 05:28 PM
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Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Elementary and secondary schools in Taiwan will start the new school year on Sept. 1, two days later than scheduled, to allow time for the implementation of COVID-19 prevention measures, the National Federation of Teachers Unions (NFTU) said Thursday.

Proper disinfection will be important during the two day period, as some school campuses will be used as polling stations for Taiwan's national referendums on Aug. 28, NFTU Deputy Secretary-General Chang Chiung-fang (張瓊方) said.

The extra two days will give the schools time to thoroughly clean their campuses and make other preparations before the students return from their two-month summer break, he said.

With the summer break due to start July 3, students in the K-12 system will have a full 60-day vacation, he said, noting that the original start date for the new school year was Aug. 30.

According to the NFTU, the decision to postpone the start of the new year was reached Thursday at a meeting of all local governments and representatives of educational groups nationwide, which was organized by the national K12 Education Administration.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Ko Lin)

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