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EDB announces early Chinese New Year holidays for kindergartens and primary schools
     To prevent the spread of influenza in schools, the Education Bureau (EDB), with the advice of the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) announced today (February 7) that all kindergartens, kindergartens-cum-child care centres, primary schools and special schools (excluding Schools for Social Development with secondary section only) will start their Chinese New Year holidays from tomorrow (February 8) till the end of the originally scheduled holidays of the schools.

     The EDB has issued letters to schools to explain the measures and arrangements that should be made during the holidays, including activities within and outside the schools, lunch arrangement and school bus services.
     During the non-scheduled period of school holidays, schools should remain open. If necessary, students can go to school as usual. Schools should arrange for staff to handle school matters and parents' enquiries, and to look after students who might still arrive.
     Parents should take measures to prevent influenza and pay attention to the health condition of their children. Students should avoid visiting crowded places with poor ventilation. They should build up good body immunity by having a proper diet, regular exercise and adequate rest.
     During the holidays, the schools should clean their premises thoroughly to ensure environmental hygiene.
     The EDB will continue to keep close contact with the CHP and provide support to schools when necessary.
Ends/Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Issued at HKT 12:42
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