Shanghai's local schools are finally reopening after a three-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, starting with graduating classes (Years 9 and 12) hitting the classrooms as of Monday 27 April. Pupils from other years will gradually return to school over the course of May.
According to the Municipal Government’s official news platform Shanghai Fabu
, students who are in their final years will be the first group to resume classes on campus, followed by Years 8 and 11 who will return after the Labour Day holiday (May 6). Next, Years 4 to 7 and 10 are set to go back on May 18, while Years 1 to 3 and kindergartens still remain closed until further notice.
Local schools have been instructed to implement a number of safety measures to prevent further spread of the virus. Apart from the obvious precautions – disinfecting campuses, monitoring temperatures and checking personalised QR codes
– schools have also been asked to stock enough masks to ensure there's at least one per person per day for every teacher and student.
On the international and bilingual school scene, although some have announced back-to-school dates via student emails or their websites, many still haven't indicated specific return days. This is at least in part due to the difficulty many people face getting back to Shanghai after China banned foreign residents and visitors from entering the country as of March 28. In the meantime, a number of schools have announced plans to extend distance learning while keeping a close eye on the local Government’s latest policy.