Dunhua Elementary School Suspends Classes 北市敦化國小昨臨時停課 教育局:未呈報

The epidemic has also caused chaos on campus. Taipei's Dunhua Elementary School decided to suspend 13 classes due to COVID-19.  However, the city's Department of Education said the criteria were not met and ordered the resumption of classes.


On the morning of April 18, Dunhua Elementary School in Taipei announced that classes would be suspended for the entire school. Parents rushed to the school at noon to pick up their children. The school said there were 13 classes with students that had close contact with confirmed cases, which meet the criteria to suspend classes for the entire school.

Huang Jun-sheng, Academic Director, Dunhua Elementary School: “After we finished collecting and organizing and confirming all the information on Monday morning, we determined that there were 13 classes.”

Parents were not happy with this sudden announcement. The city's Department of Education said four students tested positive, one each on April 9, April 12, April 13, and April 18. The criteria to suspend classes were adjusted on April 15 to incorporate a criterion on classes with students that had close contact with confirmed cases. The department said the school cannot include close contacts of the students who got infected before April 15 and arbitrarily suspend classes.

Chen Su-hui, Dep. Commissioner, Dept. of Education, Taipei City: “They used the new calculation method to calculate old cases in classes that were already suspended to increase the number.”

Huang Jun-sheng, Academic Director, Dunhua Elementary School: “There are some differences in the criteria with the Department of Education, and we will examine this and make improvements.”

The department ordered the school to resume classes on April 19. However, the school had already agreed to hold classes online for three days as a drill and will not resume classes until April 21. A parent of a child attending the school's affiliated kindergarten said the child will not be returning until next week.

Parent: “I already took my child out of school to lower the risk of being identified as a contact.”

Ren-Ai Elementary School also announced the suspension of all classes on April 18. Later that day, it was also determined that it had miscalculated and the suspension was also changed to a three-day online learning drill. It appears that schools aren't too familiar with the new class suspension criteria yet.

 

 

 

敦化國小周一上午臨時通知全校停課,家長中午急著來接孩子回家,學校說,計算密切接觸確診學生的班級有13班,已達全校停課標準。

北市敦化國小學務主任黃潤生提到:「是到了禮拜一早上之後,我們整個彙整確定完之後才決定我們自己,計算的班級數達到13個班。

全校臨時停課,引發部分家長不滿,教育局也強調,學校9日、12日和13日各有一生確診,18日再一例,而停課標準15日修正,納入密切接觸者班級,校方不能把15日之前染疫學生的密切接觸者算進來,還逕自宣布停課。

北市教育局副局長陳素慧又補充:「他用新的計算方法算了舊的,原來已經停課的班級,去把它爆增。」

北市敦化國小學務主任黃潤生說:「在認定的方式上跟教育局有一些認知上的落差,這個部分我們會去做思考改進。」

教育局要求學校週二復課,結果學校課發會18日下午同意,全校三天居家線上演練為復課形式,21日才恢復實體上課。一名附幼家長直言,不管學校何時復課,已幫孩子請假直到下週。

北市敦化國小附幼家長表示:「我本來就直接請假自主隔離,就是減少被匡列的機率。」

不只敦化,仁愛國小週一上午也臨時通知全校停課,下午同樣被認定計算標準錯誤,改為三天線上演練。新的停課標準公布實施一週,學校在理解和執行上仍有落差。

 

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