04 May 2020 – Announced reopening of schools

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Education
Sectors Involved: Physical distancing
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Ministry of Education announced plans to reopen South Korea”s elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide, after more than two months of closure as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Schools would be reopened on a four-stage system over two weeks. On 13 May (Priority Stage), third year high school classes would reopen. On 20 May (Stage 1), second year high school, third year middle school, first and second year elementary school, and all kindergarten classes would reopen. On 27 May (Stage 2), first year high school, second year middle school, and third and fourth year elementary school classes would reopen. On 1 June (Stage 4), first year middle school and fifth and sixth year elementary school classes would reopen.

*Note: in South Korea both high schools and middle schools operate on a three-grade system.
Full details here: https://www.moe.go.kr/boardCnts/view.do?boardID=294&boardSeq=80510&lev=0&searchType=null&statusYN=W&page=1&s=moe&m=020402&opType=N