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Guide to preventing COVID-19 infection in schools

A total of 69 senior high schools in the city reopened to students in graduating classes and carried out strict preventive measures to ensure their safety. Here are some measures to help prevent coronavirus infection in schools.

1. Preparation before term starts

Parents should use their mobile phones to receive a Shandong electronic health pass code for students, and monitor students' temperature and check for cough, diarrhea and other symptoms every day.

Students and their family members should report to the school and undergo health tests if they have a history of traveling to overseas or domestic areas with severe outbreaks within the last 14 days, or if they have a history of contact with people from overseas or areas with severe outbreaks within the last 14 days.

2. On the way to school

Wear a mask and wash hands before going outside.

Students are advised to walk, ride a bike or take a personal car to and from school.

Public transport is not recommended. Avoid touching anything on public transport.

3. Arriving at school

Show your health code and have your temperature taken before entering school.

4. In school

Obey school rules, only enter and exit the school once per day, and decrease social contact. Keep a safe distance of onemeter and do not gather. Treat class as a unit to carry on activities.

Always keep handsclean. Wash hands before meals, after using the toilet, after touching garbage, after using public goods and before touching susceptible areas such as eyes.Hand sanitizer or soap should be used when washing hands, thoroughly wash hands with runningwater, or use quick dry hand disinfectant to rub hands.

Avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes with hands when you are not sure if your hands are clean.

Please cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a bended elbow when coughing or sneezing, and then wash hands immediately.

Wash hands with running water after coughing, before eating, after using the toilet, after touching or handling animal waste, or with alcohol-based hand sanitizers.

Wash your hands with running water and soap (liquid soap) for at least 15 seconds.

5. In the classroom

Keep the classroom clean and ventilate it every morning, afternoon, and evening for more than 30 minutes each time. Wear a mask and maintain a distance of at least one meter from others.

Use disinfectant containing effective chlorine to wipe and disinfect teaching equipment before and after use, and after 30 minutes, clear away residual disinfectant by wiping with clear water or with 75 percent alcohol. Wash hands before and after distributing any items.

6. In the dining hall

Sit separately and avoid eating at peak hours.

Sterilize the dining room once a day and sterilize tables and chairs after every use.

Disinfect dining utensils after every use. Keep the kitchen clean and dry. Do not mix raw and cooked food.

7. Daily health checks

Examine the health of students by checking their temperatures and looking for symptoms such as cough and diarrheaevery day. The school should be responsible for students living at school dorms, while parents should be responsible for students living at home.

Students should notify the school if anyone in their household has traveled overseas or to severely-hit regions in China in the past 14 days.

8. Emergency situations

Any student showing symptoms should be taken to a temporary observation site immediately. Staff should report on the situation, inform parents, and arrange for medical treatment.

An epidemiological investigation should be carried out by professionals to examine the student’s exposure and travel history.

Other on-site personnel should continue operating normally and should not leave the school until receiving further information.

People who have been in close contact with suspected or confirmed cases should be quarantined, receive medical attention, and be disinfected as required by the centers for disease control and prevention.

9. After school

It should be recorded what time students leave school and return home. Students and parents should not participate in gatherings and should consciously work to minimize social contact. Students' psychological needs should also be attended to. Schools should communicate with families and make psychological counseling available to students who need it.

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