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After an unprecedented five-month break, South Korean students are returning to their classrooms as government health officials declared that the country may have avoided a second wave of infections.

The schools are reopening in stages, with high school seniors returning first on Wednesday and middle and elementary students slated to go back to school in the following weeks. The third-year high school students are leading the return as they now only have half a year before their annual university entrance exams in early December, education officials said.

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