PETALING JAYA: Fifty-seven schools in Kuala Langat and Klang districts will close on Monday (Sept 23) after the Air Pollutant Index (API) readings went over the 200 mark.
The closure of the 57 schools will affect 68,025 students, said the Selangor Education Department in a statement on Sunday (Sept 22), adding that API readings of more than 200 were recorded at the Johan Setia station at 2pm Sunday.
“As at 3pm, we received reports that the schools that will be closed on Sept 23 involve 57 schools under the Kuala Langat and Klang district education office.
“Based on the API readings at 3pm at other reference stations for schools in Selangor, it showed a reading of below 200.
“Therefore, all schools that were not listed must operate as usual on Monday, ” said the department in a statement.
For schools with API readings over 100, the administrators are reminded to stop all outdoor activities, and to postpone outdoor sports and celebrations.
“Schools are also reminded that should the API readings reach over 200, the schools can take action in line with the Education Ministry’s Broadcast Letter number 1/2019 by immediately closing the school and reporting the closure to the district administrative officer or state Education Department,” it said.
All schools involved are also reminded to refer to the standard operating procedure (SOP) on school closure due to the haze released on Sept 18.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement, the Education Ministry said that all the 296 schools that were closed on Sept 19 and Sept 20 in Kuala Lumpur will operate as usual starting Monday after API readings in those areas showed improvements.
An API reading of between 0 and 50 is good while 51 to 100 is moderate, 101 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy, and 301 and above deemed hazardous.
Here is the full list of the 57 schools.
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