Cross-boundary pupils to return

June 9, 2020

The Education Bureau today announced that Secondary 3 to 5 cross-boundary students will resume classes on June 15.


The bureau said class resumption for cross-boundary students is limited to S3 to S5 at this stage as the arrangements must be made with the safety and health of students, teachers and the public as the prime concern, and with due regard to all parties’ capacity.


Special arrangements will be introduced by Hong Kong and Shenzhen at Shenzhen Bay Port and Futian/Lok Ma Chau Spur Line Port from Monday to Friday to facilitate the students to travel to and from school via either of the two boundary control points.


To prevent unnecessary social contact with other people and reduce the infection risk, the students will take school buses to travel between the boundary control points in Hong Kong and schools, and they have to wear masks on the buses.


The bureau will provide a special transport subsidy to S3 to S5 cross-boundary students for the class resumption period of about one month, which amounts to the difference between the temporary school bus service transport cost and the average cost of taking public transport.


The students will be subject to Hong Kong and Shenzhen's health protection measures when they cross the boundary control points every day.


They are required to present proof of a negative nucleic acid test result within seven days when crossing the boundary control points in Shenzhen and declare their health condition during clearance procedures.


Subject to meeting the relevant conditions, the students can in principle be exempted from compulsory quarantine in Hong Kong and centralised quarantine in Shenzhen.


The bureau will soon issue guidelines detailing the class resumption arrangements and health protection meaures for S3 to S5 cross-boundary students. Schools, parents and students must observe them.


Kindergarten 3 to Primary 3 classes in Hong Kong will also resume on the same day.

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