In Pictures: Vietnam Schools Reopen

International schools in Vietnam reopen this month with staggered timetables, desks spaced apart, temperature checks, and masks. Here’s what school life looks like during a global pandemic…
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As international campuses reopen across Vietnam this month, going back to school looks very different to several months ago. WhichSchoolAdvisor gives a snapshot of what it looks like to return to school in the time of Covid-19.

The International School of Vietnam in Hanoi reopened its campus for secondary students first, and then elementary students.

The school says: “The schedule has been running as normal, with high attention to hygiene and safety, such as wearing masks, and keeping a distance.”

Temperature checks at the International School of Vietnam

All students must wear their masks at the International School of Vietnam

Students play in small groups during break times and in the classroom

Renaissance International School Saigon has welcomed back its students with a phased reopening, with all students following ‘new’ school guidelines and social distancing requirements. These include staggered drop-off and pick-up times for students, and temperature checks every morning.

“Our classrooms and the school canteen have been rearranged to ensure social distancing can be managed and students also have staggered lunch-times to enable this to be managed carefully. Teachers remind students of the necessary health and hygiene matters, such as the importance of washing hands, maintaining social distancing etc. during the school day. Large group gatherings such as the usual school assembly and team sports/competitions, remain cancelled.

“Lessons have resumed as close to normal as possible with necessary changes implemented – for example, in PE lessons, games have been modified to ensure no equipment sharing takes place. All equipment (and other items around school) are cleaned/disinfected at the end of the lesson and regularly during the day.”

Renaissance International School Saigon is enforcing social distancing measures across the campus

Temperature is taken very morning at the school gate at Renaissance International School Saigon

AIS Vietnam has reopened its campuses for Year 7-12 so far, and new guidelines include temperature checks on the school gate and mandatory masks.

“Social distancing and regular hygiene are our top priorities to keep all students safe while studying at school. Therefore, hand sanitisers and signs are placed in all hallway to remind students and staff to wash their hands regularly.”

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