AS middle and high schools reopened this week across the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a vaccination campaign for children aged six to 11 in order to safely reopen primary schools as well.
In Phnom Penh, over 200 private and public middle and high schools reopened their doors on Sept 15 following their closure for over seven months due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Cambodia following the Feb 20 outbreak.
For the first day school was back in session, municipal governor Khuong Sreng inspected some facilities to verify they were in compliance with Covid-19 preventive measures introduced by the health and education ministries.
Sreng noted that any school where 10% of the students and teachers in a given classroom test positive for Covid-19 will be subject to abrupt closure.
He stressed that this reopening is not like the start of past school academic years and that only middle and high schools in areas with low enough transmission rates that are able to follow the education ministry’s standard operating procedures have been allowed to resume classes in-person.
“If there is an outbreak at any school, we will shut it down immediately. But if there is transmission only in one classroom, we will treat it the same way we do households or factories,” he said, referring to a policy of isolating those who had come in contact with the infected.
Sreng said his administration remains concerned about the possibility of another wave and that an oversight group has been set up at each school to ensure enforcement of SOP. — Phnom Penh Post/ANN