WAKING up at 5am to get ready for classes is the norm again. On Wednesday, when schools reopened, I left home with bags full of books and files.
After scanning the MySejahtera QR code and having my temperature taken by the guard, I headed to class. On my way there, I bumped into my teacher who was wearing a face mask and a face shield – both mandatory for teachers at my school.
Upon entering my classroom, I was greeted by a new seating arrangement, which was made to accommodate additional students. The one-metre social distancing rule, however, was still practised, and there were tape and arrows in place to remind us of that.
Most parents had been concerned about us returning to school because of the high number of Covid-19 cases. Some, who usually never budged when it came to attendance, expressed their worries to our school administrators during the Zoom meeting a day before school reopened.
After bantering with each other, my classmates and I proceeded to do some classroom housekeeping, which included wiping our dusty tables. Being in the classroom made it much easier to focus compared to learning online. Most of my friends agreed with me.
Even our teachers were relieved to see us in person, although all of us kept a mask on. Each of our subject teachers talked to us about what we had to do in preparation for our rescheduled exams. We had already completed the syllabi for all our subjects except for History.
There was some confusion when it was time to go home. Sixth-formers were supposed to end our lessons at 2.10pm but we were ushered into the hall for a motivational programme instead.
When we were finally allowed to leave at 2.40pm, we followed the standard operating procedures, which meant allowing the fifth-formers to vacate the building first. It was a good first day back in school.
My classmates and I are ready for more physical classes, tests and homework as we gear up for our grand finale, the STPM Semester 3 exams.
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