New system introduced for school closures in red or black rainstorm warnings

The Hong Kong Education Bureau has announced a new system regarding school closure notifications when red and black rainstorm warnings are in force.

The changes come just over a month after heavy criticism of the situation on May 10, when the announcement that classes were cancelled was issued after many students had already set out for school.

Under the new system, closure announcements will be made at the same time that red or black rainstorm warnings are issued. Morning- and full-day-schools will be suspended if a red or black rainstorm warning is issued before 8am, while afternoon-only-schools will be suspended if a warning is issued between 10:30am and 1pm.

In a statement issued this week, the Bureau said that when classes are suspended, schools should keep their premises open until the end of normal school hours and implement contingency measures including arranging staff to look after those students who have arrived at school.

When a warning is raised during school hours, the Bureau advised that students should stay in school until the end of lessons, at which point they should return home, provided that conditions are safe for them to do so.

Parents are encouraged to listen to radio and TV announcements in the event of rainstorms and exercise discretion in deciding whether or not to send their children to school.

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