Suspension Should Be Longer for Prevention: School Official 停課僅3天易二次傳染 國小校長籲延長天數

The Legislative Yuan recently proposed stopping school for high schools and below till the end of the semester as another solution for COVID outbreaks for parents and schools. School officials agree with prolonging suspension of schools to save the trouble from going back and forth with decisions. 


Government officials are still debating with schools and parents on how students should continue with school while COVID-19 infections remain high. The Organic Laws and Statute Bureau under the Legislative Yuan recently suggests to suspend school for high schools and below until the end of May or even till the end of the Spring Semester to lower the risk of cross-infections and to save from the trouble of going back-and-forth. One school official agrees that school should be off for more than just three days if a student in the class is found to have COVID. 

Chen Ching-i, Deputing Chairperson, Principals Association of R.O.C.: “What usually happens is when you take a three-day break, another student will be found with COVID on the fourth day when everyone comes back to school, so then we need to take another three-day break. This is almost like stopping school altogether, and when students come back to school after the breaks, it creates another chance for transmission.”

Over 80,000 students have so far been confirmed with COVID. Over half are kindergarteners and elementary school students. The KMT criticizes how COVID-prevention regulations for schools keep changing, which leave parents and schools feeling confused and unsafe. The government's decision earlier on the 3X3 seating map in class for student quarantine also came under heavy criticism. Schools are also still in need for more rapid test kits.

Wan Mei-ling, Legislator (KMT): “The Ministry of Education should harden up and really push for getting more rapid test kits for schools. I demand the government to provide all schools with enough rapid test kits for their students.”

Victor Wang, who leads the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) Medical Response Division, said that Taipei and New Taipei have not been cooperating with the government in COVID-19 prevention plans. Both city mayors denied such comments. Wang then rephrased and posted on his Facebook saying that he wasn't specifically pointing fingers and stressed that COVID prevention plans go step-by-step. One shouldn't give up so quickly. New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih said the government must learn to listen to the local communities.

Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor: “Three weeks ago I mentioned that we need to change the current quarantine plan to just seven days of self-health management. We discussed yesterday as well; we hope that the seven days can be applied to individuals who have already received three shots of vaccines. Remember, we need to build up the public's confidence. We want people to know that they can manage their own health in dealing with the disease.”

Hou further explained that there should be separate COVID prevention strategies for high-risk and low-risk schools and principals should be the commanders. He said he will continue to discuss and work on bringing schools and medical teams together to fight the peaking pandemic. 

 

 

 

 

校園本土疫情延燒,立法院法制局建議,高中職以下學校宜評估直接停課到5月底或學期末的可行性,避免短期內反覆停課復課,徒增染疫風險和師生困擾。有校長認為,應拉長因應學生確診全班停課3天的規定。

全國校長協會北區副理事長陳清義指出:「如果只有停課3天,那經常會復課的話,那個第四天就又有學生發病,又停課3天,其實跟連續停課是差不多的狀況,可是等於會造成第二波的傳染。」

全國學校學生確診數逾8萬人,其中一半以上是幼兒園和國小生。國民黨團質疑,校園防疫政策一變再變,讓家長、校方都無所適從,繼九宮格之亂後,教育部的防疫政策受質疑,物資像是快篩也還不齊全。

國民黨立委萬美玲表示:「教育部要硬起來,該有的快篩試劑,我要求我們應該要所有的學校,至少都要按照學校的學生數備足量,讓他們來做備用。」

指揮中心醫療應變組副組長王必勝才說地方防疫,雙北叫不動,遭雙北市長駁斥。隨後王必勝又在臉書澄清,沒有特別指哪個縣市,強調防疫要一階一階穩定下降,不是做不來就什麼都不做,直接往下跳。對此,新北市長侯友宜重申,中央要聽到地方聲音。

侯友宜表示:「3個禮拜之前,我就提了一個居隔要轉型,7天的自主健康防疫,昨天也有討論,討論是希望放寬到第三劑而已,其實不要忘了,我們給民眾要有一個信心,從被動式管理,讓民眾自我防疫。」

針對校園停課標準,侯友宜表示,校園防疫分成高風險、低風險策略,由校長當防疫指揮官,結合學校、衛生醫療團隊並肩作戰,一定會跟家長、學校充分溝通如何面對高峰期的因應。

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