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MEXT draws up new guidelines for temporary school closures

  • August 28, 2021
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All national dailies reported on Saturday that MEXT has developed new guidelines for schools in determining temporary class or school closures in light of the spread of COVID-19 among children. According to the papers, the new guidelines call for schools to consider suspending classes for five to seven days if multiple cases are confirmed, closing all classes in the same grade if cases are confirmed in multiple classes, and temporarily closing schools if cases are confirmed in multiple grades. The papers said although schools currently decide on school closures based on the guidance of public health centers, the new guidelines encourage schools to make swift decisions before receiving such guidance as public health centers are becoming extremely busy.

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