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The Education Ministry has released the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of schools.
Education Minister Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin told Bernama that the ministry’s school reopening management guidelines were developed together with the Health Ministry and National Security Council.
The 34-page detailed guidelines are being distributed to schools from today.
Here’s some of the new normal procedures applied at pre-school, primary, secondary and post-secondary schools:
Attendance only for students in examination years
Classroom sessions in school are only for students who are taking examinations this year such as SPM, SVM, STPM, STAM and equivalent international examinations.
Home based learning will continue for students in non-examination years.
Temperatures of teachers, students and school personnel and contract workers will be taken and recorded at the entrance gates or school assembly site.
Students, teachers and school personnel will have to go through health status screening daily at designated locations before the school session begins.
Those with body temperatures above 37.5°C and have symptoms such as sore throat, cough and breathing difficulty will not be allowed on the premises.
Mohd Radzi told Bernama that the ministry is aware that students who walk or cycle to school may have higher body temperatures due to the physical activity.
He says that these students will be asked to rest first to allow their body temperature to return to normal before being checked again.
The Education Minister also states that every school will have an isolation room. Students who show any symptoms will be brought into the area while parents and the nearest health centre will be contacted for further action.
Social distancing of at least one-metre must be applied for all activities during the school session.
Tables in the classroom will be spaced one-metre apart and surplus students will be placed in another classroom. This also applies to school laboratories.
Arrows directing movement of students will also be placed throughout the school areas to avoid crowding.
Social distancing is also applied in the teachers room, and teachers will be spread to other suitable rooms in the school.
Beds in student dormitories will be spaced one-metre apart and social distancing will be emphasised in hostel dining halls.
No more eating in canteens
During break time, students will be allowed at the canteen in stages. However, they are only allowed to purchase packed food while queuing up with a one-metre gap.
Students must then return to their classrooms to eat.
All schooling activities are allowed, except for the following:
- Face-to-face co-curricular activities
- Any form of school assembly or activity involving students, teachers and school staff to gather in a crowd
Meanwhile, co-academic and co-curricular competitions can only be conducted online.
The date for reopening of schools has yet to be announced. However, Mohd Radzi says that the date will be announced two weeks prior.
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