JOHOR BARU: Parents of students of a Chinese vernacular school in Skudai are continuing to send their children to school despite knowing that two of its students had been in close contact with a Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) patient.
They felt the authorities, including the school, had taken the necessary steps to manage the situation.
Salesperson Lily Sin, 34, who has two children studying at the school, said it was not necessary for the authorities to shut it down due to the outbreak.
“The two students, whose father was diagnosed with the coronavirus, tested negative and are currently in isolation.
“I think there is not much risk for my children to go to school as usual, ” she said.
Another parent, Hasyatulddin Ma’sod, 39, said it was enough for parents to take precautionary steps by having their children put on masks and paying attention to their hygiene.
“I do not think it is necessary for me to stop my two children from going to school just because of fear.
“I think the school has already taken the necessary steps to curb the spread of the disease, ” he said.
The school’s Parent-Teacher Association chairman Ngai Pui Pui said they conducted temperature checks on students in their classrooms instead of at the school’s main entrance.
“Parents had requested that the checks be carried out upon arrival but it was difficult to do that as there are about 3,500 students in the school, ” she said, adding that the school would conduct a major clean-up this weekend as a precautionary measure.
Johor Health Department refuted claims that the school was instructed to shut down after the father of its two students tested positive for Covid-19.
Its director Dr Aman Rabu said the man was currently receiving treatment in Singapore.
“The health department conducted contact tracing on the Covid-19 case, including taking preventive measures at the family’s residence.
“Three close contacts have been identified, including the patient’s wife and two children, aged six and eight, ” he said.