‘Prioritise students’ well-being’


Many parents are still sending their children to school as they think it is safe, says Yap. — ZHAFARAN NASIB and CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

IN lauding the necessary action taken by the Penang Education Department to contain the spread of the pandemic, several parent-teacher associations (PTA) are calling for more to be done.

Bernama reported that 20 schools in Penang have been ordered close for two days starting yesterday due to Covid-19 cases.

SMJK Jit Sin PTA chairman Yap Kim Gui said schools should close even if there was just a single positive case.

“I definitely wouldn’t want to send my son if there is a positive case reported in the school, ” Yap said, adding that although there were no positive cases reported in the school, parents were told to be vigilant and not send their children to school if they are at risk.

“Many parents are still sending their children to school as they think it is safe, ” he said.

Yap said the school had been communicating with parents, including providing them with updates on Covid-19 cases via social media and the school’s website.“We are not taking any chances and every class has its own WhatsApp group to disseminate information.

“Parents also have to inform us if their children come into contact with Covid-19-positive individuals, ” he said.

Methodist Boys School PTA chairman D. Saravanan said closing the school would help to micromanage the situation, and that students should only be allowed to return once the school building has been fully sanitised and no positive Covid-19 cases are reported.

“We have even prepared beds to isolate students who have fever.

“The school principal has also put certain measures in place, including staggered movement of students after school is dismissed.

“There are no Covid-19 cases reported in the school so far, but we are ready for any eventuality, ” he said.

Saravanan said face masks and sanitiser were provided in all classrooms, with stock that could last them for more than a year.

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