Cindy Johnston, first-grade teacher at St. Stanislaus School in Michigan City, Ind., reminds her students to maintain a safe physical distance while they line up in the hallway to use the restroom during class .(The News Dispatch via AP)
About one-third of students returned to schools in the Chinese capital on Saturday in a staggered start to the new school year because of the coronavirus, reports AP.
The first batch of 590,000 students in Beijing included all three years of high school, the first and third years of middle school and the first grade of primary school.
Another 400,000 students are to start school on Tuesday, and the final 520,000 on Sept. 7.
Both students and teachers are required to wear masks.
China reported nine new coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, bringing its official total to 85,022.
All the new cases were overseas arrivals. The country’s death toll remained at 4,634.