Macau Revises Mask-wearing Rules for Schools to 'Better Teaching, Learning'
by: The Beat Asia
February 27, 2023
Wearing masks for schoolteachers and students during classes or activities is no longer required (under general conditions) starting today, Feb. 27, the Education and Youth Development Bureau (DSEDJ) announced in a press release issued yesterday.
The adjusted mask-wearing protocol also includes students who will participate in inter-school competitions and camp activities. In addition to the announcement, the education department still requires teachers and students to bring masks with them at all times in case of a cluster infection within the school.
The decision was made in consultation with the health department, and emphasised that the relaxation of mask-wearing is “beneficial to the growth, physical and psychological development of students, especially for young children and better language teaching and learning.”
However, there are exemptions to the revised measure, such as when teachers or students travel by school bus and public transport, when one feels unwell or has flu-like symptoms (fever, myalgia, sore throat, cough, or runny nose), or when entering hospitals or other public places where masks are required to be worn.
Those who have suspected COVID-19 symptoms must undergo a self-rapid antigen test, seek immediate medical attention, and stay at home to rest.
The admission interviews for kindergarten students for the academic year 2023-2024 will begin on March 1. Parents and children will not be required to wear masks when entering school premises or even during interviews. In the event of sickness or other special circumstances, parents must notify the school in advance and coordinate with the administration to reschedule.
For the latest COVID-19 updates in the region, visit Macau’s official government portal.
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