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With schools nationwide set to fully reopen by July 22, it appears that teachers and school staff are hard at work ensuring that their facilities and faculty are fully prepared to handle returning students in the “new normal” learning environment.
With strict Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOP) set in place, one school in Lahad Datu, Sabah is showing extra effort to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students during the pandemic.
In a Twitter posting shared by primary school counselor and teacher Suryadi Lagga, the faculty at Sekolah Kebangsaan Sahabat II (SK Sahabat II) have taken up carpentry and built wooden desks for its classrooms.
Suryadi explained that 80 desks are to be assembled and painted by SK Sahabat II teachers and janitorial staff so that social distancing can be performed in the classroom.
The teacher went on to reveal that prior to the pandemic, several students were apparently sharing one long table instead of having their own separate desks.
Images shared by Suryadi showed stages of the school’s D.I.Y Build-A-Desk project as school staff hammered together wooden planks to construct their final products.
Kami (guru) sedang buat sebanyak 80 meja untuk persediaan minggu depan. Meja tak cukup sebab kena penjarakan sosial dalam kelas. Sebelum ni beberapa org murid kongsi 1 meja (meja panjang). pic.twitter.com/nIwPnfdRGg— Suryadi (@Suryadivic) July 17, 2020
Speaking to TRP, Cikgu Suryadi said that the entire project was funded from donations made by SK Sahabat II’s teachers and parents, and that the mastermind behind the idea was the school’s own headmaster, Jais Scotle, along with its administrators.
So far, the team of makeshift woodworkers managed to complete more than half of their 80 desks target.
If you’d like to know how SK Sahabat II is implementing government-mandated Covid-19 guidelines, check out this neat little video which was also shared by Cikgu Suryadi, on YouTube.
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