Shanghai schools in action for virus containment
Security guards are on duty at East China Normal University in Shanghai. [Photo/WeChat account: IECNUers]
Shanghai schools' efforts to prevent and control novel coronavirus pneumonia were praised at a municipal government news conference Feb 6.
Lu Jing, director of the Shanghai Education Commission, introduced measures taken by schools in Shanghai to protect students and faculty from infection risks.
He also said that the commission is formulating guidelines for the opening of schools at all levels and reminded the schools to prepare their own plans for opening according to Ministry of Education requirements.
Lu said that Shanghai schools have implemented closed management after the outbreak. Teachers and students need to be approved by the schools to come in and out of the campus and will receive temperature testing each time. Irrelevant personnel are forbidden to enter campuses.
The schools also further strengthened dormitory management, conducting a comprehensive inspection of all dormitories and putting an end to outsiders' stay in dormitories.
Canteens, dormitories and other personnel-intensive places have been disinfected. Necessary protective supplies have also been provided for first-line staff, such as doormen, night managers, cleaners and canteen staff members.
The schools' measures have helped to ensure the living security of teachers and students who have stayed at schools since the outbreak.
For example, the Shanghai Qunyi Vocational and Technical School closed the campus Jan 21 but kept the school running for more than 300 students who had chosen to stay at schools during winter holiday. Daily living and disinfection cleaning supplies are available for students.
Schools in Shanghai will not begin the spring semester before the end of February. College students are strictly prohibited from returning to school early without school approval.
Teachers and students who have been approved to return to school must make necessary health or medical observations in accordance with the relevant regulations of the municipal government.
At the same time, all schools are preparing to offer online education before opening.