Most schools report a normal attendance as the Sars break ends for 380,000 children Some 380,000 kindergarten and primary students returned to class yesterday after a seven-week break imposed by the government because of the Sars outbreak. Kindergarten to primary three classes resumed at about 800 government primary schools and 700 kindergartens. They were suspended on March 29 as a precaution against Sars. Yesterday's resumption of classes was the final stage of the Education and Manpower Bureau's plan to resume schools at different phases since April 22. Some 400 child-care centres with about 40,000 children also reopened. Primary four to six resumed last week. 'Most students, especially those from kindergartens, have resumed classes. This means that parents are confident about classes resuming,' Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung said. According to the bureau, 72 per cent of kindergartens and 89 per cent of primary schools reported attendance levels comparable to those before the Sars crisis, especially those in Island East and Tsuen Wan. Twenty-four local kindergartens, an international school and a special school were still closed in Hong Kong, the bureau said. Among these closed schools, 18 were Diocesan kindergartens. The supervisor of the Catholic Diocesan Kindergartens, Margaret Lam Lai-ping, said they needed more time to prepare. 'There are still concerns from parents about the children's ability to look after themselves,' said Ms Lam, adding that they were planning to resume schools, at different stages, on May 26 at the earliest. Professor Li said he was confident that all schools would resume classes quickly, especially when the parents saw the precautionary measures taken. Meanwhile, a Tin Shui Wai's Chinese YMCA Secondary School secondary three female student, who was suspected of being infected with Sars after developing a fever, did not have the virus, Professor Li confirmed yesterday. One student delighted to be back at school was Chan Kai-san. The five-year-old kindergarten three student at Hong Kong Soka Kindergarten in Kowloon Tong, said he was happy to be back at school and playing with other children. 'Mummy says I should not exchange my mask with other children and we can't play too closely together. I listen to mummy and wash my hands before eating,' said Kai-san, who said he was not worried about catching Sars. Samson Chan Kung-shun, a parent of a five-year-old boy attending the same kindergarten, said he had trained his children to wear masks during the school suspension period to familiarise them with the school measures.