Schools in 17 suburban districts in Hanoi ready to welcome students
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Meanwhile, their peers in 12 urban districts will continue to have online lessons.

Amidst the recently rising number of COVID-19 cases in the capital city     , schools have developed teaching plans corresponding to their own conditions, with COVID-19 emergency preparedness taken into account to prevent schooling disruptions.

Head of the Education and Training Department of Me Linh district, Nguyen Van Hau, said that as of 5:00 p.m. on November 21, based on the regulations of the Hanoi People's Committee and the situation of the COVID     -19 epidemic in the area, district leaders decided      grade 9 students in 7 communes and towns out of a total of 18 communes and towns in the district will      go back to school directly from November 22.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has recommended that schools should be reopened for fully vaccinated students from grades nine to 12 in COVID-19 low- and medium-risk areas on December 10.

Younger children could follow later based on the risk levels, with schools remaining closed in extremely high-risk areas. The reopening plans would be finalised in the next few days.

The number of students in classes would be based on the safety criteria issued by the Ministry of Health, he said.

More than 574,000 students aged 12 to 17, or 94 percent of the demographic, have received their first shot of COVID-19 vaccine     , according to the department.

The city plans to give them the second shot between November 22 and 28 to fully vaccinate them at least 14 days before school reopening./.