Heading Back to School in China

Here are the important preventative measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting this month, some students are finally returning to school. It has been a long wait! We all expect many pleasant surprises: spring flowers, 711 convenience store, and greeting old friends.

But it should come as no surprise that there are important safety measures in place for all returning campus. It’s best for anyone returning to campus to be familiar with these practices. Plus, once you are familiar with them, you can be more confident that you will be safe on campus!

  Here is some information and tips about returning to school for you PKUSZers:

According to the decision of COVID 19 epidemic prevention and control headquarters in Guangdong Province, students from all levels and types of schools in Guangdong Province started returning to school by stages and batches from April 27.

On April 10, a press conference was held by the information office of the Guangdong Provincial People’s Government. According to the press conference, teachers and students returning to Guangdong from Wuhan after April 8 should stay at home or stay in school for 14 days, and only those who have tested negative for nucleic acid test can participate in normal education and teaching activities. Those returning to Guangdong from abroad should report to the community and carry out health management according to the requirements of the local government of the school.

Before returning to their posts, all the faculty and staff will carry out nucleic acid tests. Those who have tested negatively and have no suspected symptoms, like fever, dry cough, and fatigue may return to work.

Tips from the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education

Safety precautions for staffs and students on the way back to school:
If you have symptoms such as fever and cough, you should wear a mask and seek medical advice in time to eliminate the possibility of infection.

Wear a mask at all times when taking public transport and entering public places.

Maintain hand hygiene throughout the whole journey by reducing contact with public goods or parts of the vehicle. Wash hands with hand sanitizer or soap after touching public goods, after coughing, after using the toilet and before meals. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with hands. Cover mouth and nose with a tissue when sneezing or coughing and dispose of discarded tissue properly. Use elbow clothing to cover the mouth and nose when there is no tissue.

Pay attention to the status of surrounding passengers and avoid close contact with suspicious persons. Report any suspicious symptoms to the crew immediately.

Do well in personal health monitoring, take the initiative to measure your temperature when you feel feverish, if you develop suspicious symptoms, please try to avoid contact with other personnel and see a doctor in time.

If you need to visit a medical institution during the trip, take the initiative to inform the doctor of your travel and life history to the key areas for epidemic prevention and control, whether you have passed through these areas, and who you have come into contact with after the disease, to cooperate with doctors in the relevant epidemiological investigation.

Keep travel ticket information in order to facilitate the investigation of possible close contacts.
Report to school as required, register relevant information and fill in health forms after arriving at school.

Tips for Everyday Life

How to protect yourself when returning to school? (from CCTV)
   Preparation before you go back to school: Carry a mask, disinfectant and other personal protective items.
   On your way to school: Wear a mask at all times; keep the tickets and take your own temperature.
After arriving at school: Do the registration and health management in accordance with local prevention and control policies and school arrangements.
   Before entering the classrooms: Wear a mask and measure temperature.
   In the classroom: Keep a distance of more than a meter between the seats and avoid crowing during your stay in the classroom.
   Dormitory time: Maintain good personal hygiene and avoid close contact, wear a mask if necessary. Please don’t go to other dormitories in this period.
   In the canteen: Students are suggested to bring their own utensils to avoid using the public utensils; maintain a certain distance when dining. We suggest you take meals in different batches and time.
   Special attention: Keep yourself informed about COVID-19 protection. If you have a fever, you should report to the administrators and go to the hospital.

Tips for Basic Necessities of Life

Qiu Zhenyu, the chief physician of the Department of Infection in the First Affiliated Hospital of Jinzhou Medical University, made suggestions for college students regarding five aspects: clothing, food, housing, transportation and study.


College students should be isolated at home for 2 weeks before returning to school and register daily (Please register on the “Cloud-fighting the Epidemic of PKU”). Upon arrival, the school shall conduct the necessary disinfection of each student’s clothing and luggage. It is recommended that students take a daily bath and hang their daily coats on the door or balcony after returning to the dormitory. Shoes worn outside should be kept outside or in a fixed place and disinfected regularly if necessary. Wipe your phone and keys with a sterile wipe or 75% alcohol.


In terms of diet, college students should pay more attention to “a bite of safety”. Doctor Qiu suggested that college students would better buy food in the canteen rather than order takeout. Diners should wash hands carefully before meals, orderly enter the canteen, consciously queue and keep a distance of more than 1 meter to avoid a crowded situation. In addition, diners can bring their own tableware and take the food to the dormitory.


In terms of accommodation, experts suggested that universities should do a good job in advance of the preventive disinfection and ventilation in the dormitory, canteen, classroom, toilet and other key parts.

After students return, the dormitory should be ventilated and kept clean and tidy. Students should monitor their body temperature twice a day and not go to other dormitories. They should wear masks and keep a distance of more than 1.5 meters within two weeks. The dormitory should be disinfected every day. The corridor, classroom, elevator, stairs and other public parts, such as door handle, switch, desk desktop, faucet, etc., should be wiped using effective chlorine 250-500mg/L containing chlorine disinfectant by special persons. Effective chlorine 500mg/L disinfectant containing chlorine is used in the toilet for spraying and disinfection, and clean water is used to rinse after 30 minutes. Cleaning appliances used in each area should be placed in different areas, used separately, and marked to avoid cross-contamination. The school will be closed management after students check-in.


If you must use public transport, wear a mask at all times and keep a distance from others. On the way, try to avoid touching objects with your hands and pay attention to hand hygiene. Avoid crowding and take a temperature check when you enter the school. You are allowed to enter the school only with a normal temperature. In case of discomfort and abnormal body temperature, you can be isolated at the temporary isolation point, pending further treatment. Parents and other persons are not allowed to enter the campus except under special circumstances.


What hygiene precautions should you pay attention to when you go to class after you return to school? Doctor Qiu believes that college students should wear surgical masks into the classroom in an orderly manner, according to the specified location, with sufficient supplies to avoid cross-use. Keep the classroom clean, open the window for ventilation 3 times a day, 30 minutes each time, pay attention to keep warm during the ventilation. When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or towel. Wash your hands after coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands. Waste masks should be put in the designated trash can. In addition, students should do a good job of personal hygiene, wash their hands with hand sanitizer or soap with flowing water after going to the toilet.

Students should improve their physical fitness. Moderate outdoor activities are suggested to be held by individuals or classes. Masks are required during the activities, and students should keep a certain distance. Students should also avoid excessive exercise resulting in a decline in the body’s immune capacity.

Translated by Zhang Wendou
Sources: Guandong Department of Education, China Youth Magazine, CCTV


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