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Japan Education Ministry Releases Guidelines on Reopening School

Japan Education Ministry Releases Guidelines on Reopening School

   Tokyo, March 24 (Jiji Press)--Japan's education ministry on Tuesday distributed to local education boards across the nation guidelines on restarting, from April, schools currently closed at the request of the government to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
   The ministry also compiled a list of 10 specific measures that should be taken and checked to prevent infections among students and school staff workers including teachers. Among the items on the list are maintaining good ventilation in classrooms and wearing masks.
   The guidelines stressed the importance of thoroughly avoiding the coincidence of three conditions--closed spaces with poor ventilation, overcrowding and conversation in close physical distance.
   Schools were advised to maintain a sanitary environment through the frequent ventilation of rooms, as well as by measuring the body temperatures of students and teachers every morning and checking whether they have cold-like symptoms. Schools were also urged to instruct students to wash their hands and cover their mouths when sneezing, and to disinfect doorknobs and other things that many students may touch.
   The guidelines sought a ban on actions leading to prejudice and discrimination against infected people and those in close contact with the infected, while calling on schools to make up for lessons that were canceled due to the emergency closures by incorporating supplementary lessons in the 2020 academic year starting in April.

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