KUCHING: Kindergartens in Sarawak can reopen on July 1, and must comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs), says state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
She said the SOPs prepared by her ministry were accepted on Monday (June 15) by the state disaster management committee, which then gave the green light for kindergartens to reopen.
"Coincidentally, the Federal Government also announced on Monday that kindergartens would be allowed to reopen on July 1," she told a press conference here Tuesday (June 16).
Fatimah said the SOPs included temperature checks upon arrival and a prohibition on group activities and the sharing of learning materials and toys, which must be cleaned daily before and after use.
The number of children in each class will be limited to 50% of the maximum capacity, depending on the size of the classroom, in order to maintain social distancing.
"We will give kindergartens the option of (either) doing two sessions, in the morning and afternoon, or conducting classes on alternate days in view of the need to limit the number of children.
"The kindergartens will decide on this in consultation with parents," she said.
There are 2,865 registered kindergartens in Sarawak.
Fatimah also said her ministry would monitor the kindergartens in cooperation with relevant agencies such as the Community Development Department (Kemas) and Education Department.
"Those that do not comply with the SOPs will be directed to cease operations until we are satisfied that they have taken the necessary steps to comply," she said.