MONROVIA, Liberia, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Schools in Liberia are beginning to reopen six months after they were closed due to the outbreak of Ebola.
About 5,100 schools were aimed to reopen on Monday. Staff will be equipped with thermometers to take student's temperatures and buckets of chlorinated water for them to wash their hands.
"We are asking all the school administrators to ensure that a classroom should not have more than 45 or 50 students," Deputy Education Minister Remses Kumbuyah told BBC News. "In the past they used to have 100 or more."
One high school principal told USA Today that furniture used before or during the outbreak should be burned and replaced.
Some fear the government is opening schools too soon.
About half of the schools in Liberia do not have easy access to running water. Many schools in rural areas will not open yet because they lack basic needs like soap.
Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea were the countries affected the worst by the Ebola outbreak.
The Ebola epidemic killed more than 9,000 people in West Africa, but new cases have declined in Liberia to about one or two per day, according to World Health Organization.