Pandemic ways of kicking off a new school year in Vietnam

By Nguyen Dong, Dac Thanh, Ngoc Thanh, Huu Khoa   September 5, 2020 | 06:00 pm GMT+7

The Covid-19 outbreak forced schools across Vietnam to have their new year opening ceremonies scrapped, scaled down or go virtual Saturday.

Since Da Nang is the epicenter where many Covid-19 cases recorded recently, the city does not hold new school year opening ceremony.Instead, the citys Department of Education and Training cooperated with Da Nang Radio and Television Station to broadcast the Da Nang - Welcome to the new school year at 7 a.m. on Saturday on DanangTV1 and DanangTV2 channels. More than 10 teachers of Nui Thanh Primary School, Da Nangs Hai Chau District, came to the school Saturday morning and watched the seminar on the television screen.

Since Da Nang City became the most recent Covid-19 epicenter, it refrained from holding a new school year opening ceremony.
Instead, the city's Department of Education and Training cooperated with Da Nang Radio and Television Station to broadcast a new school year ceremony at 7 a.m.
More than 10 teachers at Nui Thanh Primary School in Da Nang's Hai Chau District (pictured) watch the seminar on TV.

Bui Xuan Phuc, a student of class 1/1 of Nui Thanh Primary School, asked her parents to bring her to school even when the whole city did not hold the opening ceremony.Bui Hong Quan, 37, Phucs father, said his daughter is sad since she could not meet her friends on the opening day of the new school year, but added that he supports the citys preventive measure.

Bui Xuan Phuc, a first grade student at Nui Thanh Primary School, asked his parents to bring him to school.
Bui Hong Quan, the father, said his son was sad since he could not meet his friends on the opening day of the new school year, but added he supports the city's preventive measures.

Tran Thi Huong, 32, living in an apartment of Hoa Khanh Industrial Zone in Da Nangs Lien Chieu District, teaches her 6 years old daughter, Trinh Tran Nguyen An, to practice reading at home since there were no opening ceremony.I want to give her the feeling of attending class on the first day of school, said Huong, who is a teacher.

Tran Thi Huong in Da Nang teaches her first-grade daughter, Trinh Tran Nguyen An, to practice reading at home since there was no opening ceremony.
"I want to give her the feeling of attending class on the first day of school," said Huong, who is a teacher.

Located close to Da Nang, the neighboring province of Quang Nam held a scaled-down opening ceremony.A group of student representatives at Nguyen Van Troi Primary School in Quang Nams Tam Ky Town wear name tags and uniforms to attend the opening ceremony. They stand 2 m appart on the colored square marks before entering the school.

Quang Nam Province, which borders Da Nang, held a scaled-down ceremony.
In the picture, a group of student representatives at Nguyen Van Troi Primary School wear name tags and uniforms to attend the opening ceremony. They stand two meters apart on colored square marks before entering the school.

Students take turns to be disinfected and temperature screened by the teacher before attending the opening ceremony.For the 2020-2021 school year, Quang Nam has more than 131,600 students entering elementary schools. But only first graders attended the opening ceremony, the remaining grades sent 2-5 students to represent their class.

Students take turns to be disinfected and have their temperatures screened by a teacher before attending the opening ceremony.
For the 2020-2021 school year, Quang Nam has more than 131,600 students entering elementary schools. But only first graders attended the opening ceremony in full, the remaining grades sent two to five students to represent their classes.

Also in Tam Ky Town, there were 300 out off students of the Nguyen Binh Khiem High School for the Gifted attended the 45-minute opening ceremony. Students with theirr face masks sat at a minimum distance of 1.5 m apart.

Also in Quang Nam, 300 students of Nguyen Binh Khiem High School for the Gifted attended the 45-minute opening ceremony. Students wore face masks and sat at a minimum distance of 1.5 m apart.

The Hanoi Department of Education and Training instructed that schools not have many people attending the ceremony. In Hanoi, the Marie Curie Primary School decided to let nearly 400 6th grade students to representing students of the whole school to attend the opening ceremony, while the remaining 3,600 students attended the opening ceremony online via the projector screen.

The Hanoi Department of Education and Training instructed schools not have many people attending the ceremony.
The city's Marie Curie School decided to let nearly 400 6th graders, the school's youngest students, to represent the entire school at the opening ceremony, while the remaining 3,600 students attended the ceremony online via a projector screen.

Home room teacher and students of one of a class at Marie Curie Schools attending the raising flag ceremony through a projector.

Students of a class at Marie Curie attend the flag raising ceremony through a projector.

The opening ceremony concluded with a performance from teachers and students holding hands to join forces in the battle against the Covid-19 outbreak.Nguyen Xuan Khang, principal of Marie Curie School, said that this years ceremony took place only 20 minutes, from 8- 8:20 a.m. to ensure community safety.

The ceremony concluded with a performance from teachers and students holding hands to join forces in the battle against Covid-19.

At Nguyen Du High School, Saigons District 10, the opening ceremony took place from 7:20-8:00 a.m. with the participation of 840 out of 1,500 students from 10th to 12th grades. All students and teachers wore masks when attending the ceremony.Principal Huynh Thanh Phu said the school was disinfected. The school also prepared 2,500 masks, hand sanitizer and temperature screening devices to ensure the safety of teachers and students. Beside grade 10th, there were one 10 students representing grade 11th and 12th in the this year ceremony to follow guideline of minizing big gathering, Phu said.

At Nguyen Du High School in HCMC's District 10, the ceremony took place with the participation of 840 out of 1,500 students from 10th to 12th grades. All students and teachers wore masks provided by the school.
Principal Huynh Thanh Phu said: "There were one to 10 students representing each class in grades 11th and 12th to minimize big crowds."
Vietnam welcomed nearly 23 million students from kindergarten through to high school for the 2020-2021 school year.

 
 
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