Parental leave at hand for families with young kids amid class suspensions

File photo of New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi. (Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City government)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — New Taipei City Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜) announced on Monday that parents can take “epidemic-prevention care leave to look after their children aged 12 and under following the class suspension announcement. 

According to Hou, all public and private high schools, primary and secondary schools, kindergartens, cram schools, and after-school care centers will be asked to suspend in-person classes from now until May 28 amid the recent outbreak.

Hou pointed out that subsidies will be provided to underprivileged families to ensure that young children won’t be left alone at home over the next two weeks. 

In addition, students who do not have relevant equipment at home can borrow tablets, laptops, and mobile network cards from the New Taipei City government, he continued.