PETALING JAYA: Schools have been told to close immediately once the Air Pollutant Index (API) goes over 200 mark in their area.
The Selangor Education Department in a statement on Wednesday (Sept 18) said school authorities must take action as stated in the Education Ministry circular, KPM 1/2019.
According to the circular, once the API is more than 200, all schools must close immediately, with the schools heads then informing the district education office.
If the API is more than 100, all activities outside the classroom involving students must be stopped.
As at 6am today (Sept 18), the Selangor state education department received reports that 538 schools in Petaling Perdana, Klang, Kuala Selangor, Gombak, Hulu Langat, Sepang, Sabak Bernam, Kuala Langat and Petaling Utama districts had been closed as the API readings were more than 200.
This involved 584,595 students in total.
Meanwhile, the Kuala Lumpur education department said the API was over 200 at the Batu Muda station as of 11am on Wednesday (Sept 18).
As a result, 57 schools in Sentul district, with 33,886 students, were ordered to close. In Keramat, 66 schools, including two vocational colleges, with a total of 48,527 students, were also shut.