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  • pkjh
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1629

    • May 02, 2012, 02:59:44 pm
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #20 on: March 04, 2020, 08:08:30 am »
My first graders at Middle school have 1 free semester, 1 curriculum semester.
This year they won't be graded the whole year. Sure they may go through the official textbook, but no tests.

It used to be the 2nd year middle schoolers that were traditionally the worst behaved. But the last few years with their 1 free semester, it's those 1st graders that are awful.


  • Colburnnn
  • Super Waygook

    • 345

    • August 10, 2015, 05:52:37 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #21 on: March 04, 2020, 09:11:28 am »
Is that a new change for this year then? As last year my first grade kids 100% did tests that went on their records.


  • L I
  • The Legend

    • 4241

    • October 03, 2011, 01:50:58 pm
    • Seoul
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #22 on: March 04, 2020, 09:49:51 am »
Were the tests unrelated to the textbook / what you were teaching?

(That appears to be the case for some I've talked to.)


  • Colburnnn
  • Super Waygook

    • 345

    • August 10, 2015, 05:52:37 pm
    • South Korea
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2020, 11:02:53 am »
Nope, 100% related. I donít teach the curriculum, I create my own for my classes. But co-teachers would often ask me for help with the handouts, exam questions, proof reading etc etc.


  • pkjh
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1629

    • May 02, 2012, 02:59:44 pm
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #24 on: March 04, 2020, 12:00:03 pm »
Is that a new change for this year then? As last year my first grade kids 100% did tests that went on their records.
Yes, it's a new change for this year, and probably will continue. I think it was the last 2 years they had one semester without tests.


  • LIC
  • Expert Waygook

    • 670

    • February 15, 2019, 04:39:00 pm
    • NE Hemisphere
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #25 on: March 04, 2020, 03:47:45 pm »
Looks like you lot are in for a paid vacation. That's cool.


  • Kayos
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1528

    • March 31, 2016, 07:13:57 pm
    • NZ
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #26 on: March 09, 2020, 08:11:25 am »
There is an article written by Dr. Bongsoo Jung, the Managing Attorney of KangNam Labor Law Firm,  on Corona Virus Infections and Shut-down Allowances.

http://k-labor.com/eng/notice_02.asp?gubun=2&idx1=216

I spoke with him this morning and in addition to the article the following are a few items of note:

1) Employer cannot terminate the agreements, or ask people to terminate the Employment agreements, and (if other conditions are met) would be considered unfair dismissal

2) If the Employer had registered the Employees for Employment Insurance the Employer could make an application to cover 2/3rds of the lost wages but 99% of E-2-1 VISA holders (Hogwan Instructors) are not registered for Employment Insurance.  Other E-2-X VISA holders may be registered or may be under the direction of the Ministry of Education and not Ministry of Employment and Labor

3) The bigger issue will be without the income from the Hogwan the ability for the Employer to pay the fees for Housing.  If your employment contract states that you are responsible for Utilities, building fees etc, those must be paid in accordance with the Employment contract.

4) The Employer can request that Annual Leave is to be used during the Government Ordered Shutdown.  1st year Employees get 1 day of Annual Leave per month for the first 10 months, then it jumps to 15 days (or three weeks of salary) and if you have completed a 1 year contract it jumps to 26 days, and then you gain an additional 15 days for the 2nd year of completion, 16 days for the 3rd year etc.

if you need your contracts reviewed by the law firm PM me.
Cheers,

Just to add to your #4: if your employer forces you to use vacation for the shutdown, you are allowed to travel out of Korea (if you wish) and you'll prob have to do a 14 day home quarantine (guessing depending on your work place / area). So, if they go this route, try negotiate for a work from home instead.


  • VanIslander
  • Moderator LVL 1

    • 1678

    • June 02, 2011, 10:12:19 am
    • Seogwipo, Jeju Island
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Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #27 on: March 09, 2020, 03:07:24 pm »
Well.. my hagwon just extended its closure by two more weeks, one month in all, slated to resume at the same time as local schools on the 23rd.

Not gonna risk international travel (bans).

I think a trip to Jeju may be in order. :)
« Last Edit: March 09, 2020, 10:50:06 pm by VanIslander »


  • hangook77
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1490

    • September 14, 2017, 09:10:12 am
    • Near Busan
Re: Public Schools to close for 1 month?
« Reply #28 on: March 10, 2020, 12:20:44 pm »
Well.. my hagwon just extended its closure by two more weeks, one month in all, slated to resume at the same time as local schools on the 23rd.

Not gonna risk international travel (bans).

I think a trip to Jeju may be in order. :)

Some public schools are doing "work from home" at principal's discretion.  They could call and check.  But I am guessing a hakwon doesn't care.