04 May 2020 – Announced reopening of schools

Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Reopening schools
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The Ministry of Education announced plans to reopen South Korea”s elementary, middle, and high schools nationwide, after more than two months of closure as part of precautionary measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Schools would be reopened on a four-stage system over two weeks. On 13 May (Priority Stage), third year high school classes would reopen. On 20 May (Stage 1), second year high school, third year middle school, first and second year elementary school, and all kindergarten classes would reopen. On 27 May (Stage 2), first year high school, second year middle school, and third and fourth year elementary school classes would reopen. On 1 June (Stage 4), first year middle school and fifth and sixth year elementary school classes would reopen.

*Note: in South Korea both high schools and middle schools operate on a three-grade system.
Full details here: https://www.moe.go.kr/boardCnts/view.do?boardID=294&boardSeq=80510&lev=0&searchType=null&statusYN=W&page=1&s=moe&m=020402&opType=N