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S. Korea allows younger grades in elementary school to attend in-person classes Updated: 2021-03-02 13:46:34 KST

Students in South Korea returned to school for a new year on Tuesday starting their spring semester on time unlike last year when it was delayed for two months.
As of now, kindergarteners, first and second grade elementary school students, and high school seniors will go to school daily.
The other students will spend some days in the classroom and others having online classes.
It will be up to each school whether these students alternate their time in school on a daily or weekly basis.
But schools that report a case of COVID-19 have to resort to only online classes.
The current social distancing level of two allows schools to have up to two thirds occupancy, but if the level is raised to 2.5, then only one-third capacity is allowed, and at level three, all classes will return to remote learning.
The push for students to go back to school comes as the difficulty of keeping online classes for younger students and providing care for them is taking its toll on families and working parents.
With students coming back, the schools have measures in place to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19.
Students and teachers have their temperatures checked when entering the school and must wear a mask at all times.
The desks must also be arranged to keep a distance between students with clear walls separating them.
The Ministry of Education has said it will assign 2-thousand contract teachers… to help out students with basic educational support during in-person classes.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.
Reporter : tkim@arirang.com
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