Students who are issued with the yellow health code will be advised to stay at home for online learning instead of returning to campus for in-person classes, according to Chu Wai-lam, the vice-chairman of the New Territories School Heads Association.
Chu’s comment came after the government announced a quarantine cut for inbound travelers on Monday. Covid
-free travelers who completed their three-day quarantine will be issued with a yellow health code, they will be allowed to attend work and school in the next four days during a medical surveillance period.
However, Chu, also a principal at Fung Kai No.1 Primary School, said they will encourage students issued with the yellow code to stay at home for online learning.
He said if students must return to campus, they will still be required to take a rapid antigen test like everyone else, whereas the school will reduce the student’s contact with their peers by arranging a separate dining area, and suspending them from extracurricular activities.
He believed that these measures will lower the risk of any possible Covid
Chu also pointed out that this year’s summer break was relatively short and many students were returning to school these days to participate in extracurricular activities.
He called on the Education Bureau to establish clearer guidelines for schools to cope with the new quarantine measures in the coming school year.
Separately, Secretary for Education Christine Choi Yuk-lin said that students with amber codes are allowed to back to school if they are doing daily rapid antigen tests. She added that schools need to make adjustments regarding their circumstances.
“Schools must provide special arrangements for people holding yellow code,” mentioned Choi, “like installing transparent partitions on the students' desks and separating students for them to have lunch.”
Choi also urged students to get the full dose of the vaccine
and not to take off their masks when they are in classes, along with reporting to the schools as soon as possible if they find any symptoms like feverish or dizzy appearing on them.