Students, staff will be required to wear masks when school resumes


Students and professors will soon be wearing face masks like Premier Li Keqiang, pictured here during a visit to the coronavirus epicenter in Wuhan. (Government photo)

No news on when the semester will start, but here's an update from he Beijing Municipal Education Commission, translated into English by The Beijinger. It is a summary of this Chinese-language report from Sina News. We'll keep you posted on any updates from Tsinghua University or relevant government officials.


Li Yi, deputy director of the Beijing Municipal Education Commission, announced yesterday that teachers and students at all levels of school -- from universities down to preschools -- will be required to wear masks when school resumes (at a date that has yet to be determined).


Schools also will be required to set up temperature stations to monitor all people entering the school facilities. Prior to the resumption of classes, schools will need to have an emergency plan in place to deal with students if they develop a fever while on campus.


Schools will also be asked to examine the health data of students on a case-by-case basis for the two weeks prior to school start to assess possible impact on the resumption of classes. Catering staff, cleaning staff and security staff must be free and clear of the disease prior to starting work and be monitored in a "closed-end management" (封闭式管理) style before school resumes.

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