|TITLE||FULL-SCALE RETURN TO SCHOOL BEGINS ON MAY 2|
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Yoo Eun-hae will attend a sports contest to be held at Seoul Geumhwa Elementary School (Principal Eom Soo-kyung) on May 2, 2022, to mark the first day of full-scale, nation-wide return to in-person schooling and the Children's Day, a public holiday celebrated on May 5 every year.
○ For the past two years, the Ministry of Education and schools around the country have worked hard to expand in-person schooling in the face of the global outbreak of COVID-19 to safeguard students' right to education and health by introducing various measures such as readjustment of student density in the classroom and introduction of online education.
○ Due to concerns over school infection, however, physical interaction between students has been restricted by dividing them into small groups or encouraging them to engage in activities individually. Meanwhile, wide-ranging experiential programs and extracurricular activities were technically put on hold for the last two years.
○ Having said that, as the recent trends clearly indicate declining infection rates, the entire nation has been preparing to return to normalcy with provincial offices of education and schools thoroughly bracing for a full-scale in-person schooling by devising academic operation plans and revising relevant guidelines in alignment with the Plan for Return to Normalcy in School, a guideline released by the Ministry of Education on April 20, 2022.