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All schools in greater Seoul area to continue offering remote classes until Sept. 20

All News 15:44 September 04, 2020

SEOUL, Sept. 4 (Yonhap) -- The Ministry of Education said on Friday that schools in Seoul and its surrounding cities will remain online-only until Sept. 20, in accordance with the government's decision to extend stricter social distancing rules in the area.

The measure will apply to all kindergartens, elementary, middle and high schools in the metropolitan area -- Seoul, Incheon and Gyeonggi Province. But high school seniors are not subject to the policy in order to prepare for the College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT), the yearly national university entrance exam slated for Dec. 3.

An elementary school student attends an online class at her house in Seoul on Aug. 26, 2020, as schools in Seoul and its surrounding areas returned to remote classes to protect students and slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. High school seniors were not subject to the switch to online classes. (Yonhap)

The measure came as the government decided to extend the 2.5-tier social distancing restrictions in the area by another week, limiting operations of restaurants, bakeries, franchise coffee chains, indoor sports facilities and cram schools.

South Korea's health authorities run a three-tier social distancing system, with Level Three being the toughest, under which most business and social activities shut down, except for essential businesses like hospitals and grocery stores.

Schools in the rest of the country are required to continue to offer a mix of in-person and remote classes, with attendance capped at one-third in elementary and middle schools and two-thirds in high schools.

The gate to Duam Middle School in the southwestern city of Gwangju remains closed on Aug. 27, 2020, as the school's faculty were kept under quarantine following the discovery of a teacher infected with the new coronavirus. (Yonhap)

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