Lessons were suspended today for students at kindergartens and schools for children with special education needs across Hong Kong today as tropical cyclone Barijat heads towards the south of the city. The Hong Kong Observatory issued a Typhoon Signal No.3 alert, which means that strong winds are expected to reach a sustained speed of 41 to 62km/h, and gusts may exceed 110km/h.
Schools including ESF’s Jockey Club Sarah Roe School made arrangements to send students home, and they will remain closed until further notice. Hong Kong’s Education Bureau has advised all primary and secondary schools to remain open; they will only be asked to close if a No.8 alert is issued, which is considered unlikely at this time.
The typhoon season runs from August to September, with the highest frequency of typhoons typically occurring in the month of September.