PUTRAJAYA: As schools in Malaysia begin to reopen in phases starting Wednesday (June 24), the Health Ministry has reminded students and school staff to faithfully adhere to its Covid-19 guidelines.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this included practising good hygiene and social distancing at all times at schools.
“The reopening of schools is subject to the standard operating procedure and guidelines, which take into consideration the health and safety of students and school staff.
“Parents are asked to remind their children to follow the set guidelines.
“These include practising a high level of self-hygiene and social distancing at all times, be it in schools or outside.
“The cooperation of parents, students and school staff is of utmost importance to ensure a Covid-19 outbreak does not occur in schools,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement on Tuesday (June 23).
Among the Covid-19 prevention measures for schools introduced by the ministry is for compulsory temperature checks on students, staff and other individuals who have dealings with the school.
Individuals who record a temperature of 37.5°C and above or display symptoms of the disease will not be allowed in.
Tables in classrooms are also to be arranged at least one metre apart, and the maximum capacity in a class is 20 students.
Outdoor activities such as sports, extracurricular activities and assemblies are not allowed as of now.
Dr Noor Hisham said about 1,712 or 19.9% of the country’s Covid-19 patients are those aged 18 and below.
Out of that total, 346 patients are those aged 16 to 18 years old.
However, none within this age group has died or was treated in intensive care.
“This shows that Covid-19 cases affecting this age group have a good recovery rate,” he said.
The government announced on June 10 that schools would be reopened to those in public examination years.