PUTRAJAYA: The government will assess the effectiveness of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) in schools over the weekend, says Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali.
Secondary schools across the country reopened Wednesday (June 24) for students sitting for public examinations this year after almost three months of closure due to Covid-19.
"These three days (are crucial) as the ministry will evaluate whether the SOPs should be changed and made stricter or if the current one is good enough.
"From there, the government will decide when other students should return to school," he said during a press conference at SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1) after visiting the school during recess time.
He said if Covid-19 cases are detected in schools, the ministry may decide to temporarily close the affected school.
"Students or school staff who are positive will be sent to hospitals for treatment, ” said Dr Noor Azmi.
He added that screenings will be done for those who came in close contact with the people affected, whether in school or at home.
"If there are (more) cases, we might even have an enhanced movement control order," he said.
The Health Ministry, Education Ministry and PDRM officers will visit schools to monitor and conduct spot checks whether SOPs are being followed, he added.
At the moment, he said it is still uncertain when schools will be opened for other students.
He then commended SMK Putrajaya Presint 11(1) for following the SOP to a tee, saying that the school has practised and enforced the government and ministry's advice in adhering to social distancing and minimising student's movements.
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