18 Schools and 41 Classes across Penghu Suspended: Magistrate Lai Feng-Wei Instructed the Education Department to Pay Close Attention to Students' Health and Activate Flexible Distance Learning
As of noon on the 5th, a total of 18 schools and 41 classes were suspended. Penghu County Magistrate Lai Feng-Wei instructed the Penghu County Government’s Education Department to pay close attention to students' health and wellbeing, strengthen notification operations and conduct distance learning in a flexible manner during the suspension period so that students' learning would not be interrupted, in addition to conducting comprehensive disinfection operations.
Penghu County Government Department of Education pointed out that at present, educational institutions in the county, including 4 classes in 1 university (National Penghu University of Science and Technology), 3 classes in 2 high schools (National Magong High School, National Penghu Marine and Fishery Vocational High School), 3 classes in 3 junior high schools (Wenguang Junior High School, Zhongzheng Junior High School, Siyu Junior High School), 27 classes in 8 elementary schools (Shagang Elementary School, Wen’ao Elementary School, Zhongshan Elementary School, Heheng Elementary School, Shiquan Elementary School, Jibei Elementary School, Zhongzheng Elementary School, Dachi Elementary School) and 4 classes in 4 pre-schools (Jhuwan Branch of Siyu Township Pre-school, Jibei Branch of Baisha Township Pre-school, Zhongzheng Elementary School Affiliated Pre-school, Jibei Elementary School Affiliated Pre-school), with a total of 18 schools 41 classes affected.
The Penghu County Government pointed out that some classes in National Penghu University of Science and Technology, National Magong High School, National Penghu Marine and Fishery Vocational High School, Wenguang Junior High School, Zhongzheng Junior High School, Shagang Elementary School, Wen'ao Elementary School, Zhongshan Elementary School, Heheng Elementary School, Jhuwan Branch of Siyu Township Pre-school, Jibei Branch of Baisha Township Pre-school, Zhongzheng Elementary School Affiliated Pre-school have been suspended for seven days due to confirmed cases. Preventive school suspension for 3 days is to take effect at Jibei Elementary School Affiliated Pre-school, Shiquan Elementary School, Jibei Elementary School, Zhongzheng Elementary School, Dachi Elementary School, and Siyu Junior High School, and the county government will continue to monitor the epidemic situation and take corresponding measures.
The Penghu County government indicated that schools are to conduct distance learning in a flexible manner during the suspension period so that students' learning is not interrupted and if there is a need for learning devices or network routers, the county government's Education Network Center will provide equipment on loan to ensure the quality of student learning.
In order to strengthen the prevention of epidemics and reduce the risk of transmission in schools, the county government has requested that schools at all levels should be prepared with epidemic prevention supplies such as forehead (ear) temperature guns, disinfectant water, soap and emergency spare masks. To strengthen the environmental and space sanitation and disinfection management, schools are to regularly clean and disinfect classrooms, learning areas and related washrooms and other common spaces on a daily basis, and increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection to 2-3 times depending on the usage situation to maintain the ventilation of the learning areas and school canteen environment.
The Penghu County Government stressed that in light of the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic to school campuses, schools should really grasp the health status of students, and strengthen notification operations and ensure all necessary measures are taken to protect schools and students.