After almost three months of closure due to Covid-19, 2,440 secondary schools in the country reopened to enable 500,444 students sitting for their SPM, Sijil Vokasional Malaysia, STPM and Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia and equivalent examinations to catch up with their studies.
Bernama reports that a check on schools nationwide found many teachers wearing face masks and face shields waiting outside the school gate at 7am.
They were armed with infrared thermometer guns to check students’ body temperatures before allowing them in.
Students were also seen wearing face masks and observing social distancing as they began entering the school compounds.
In Selangor, most corridors at SMK Gombak Setia were marked with tape to ensure social distancing. Recess for fifth and upper sixth formers was also divided into three sessions to avoid congestion at the canteen.
In Putrajaya, teachers at SMK Putrajaya Presint 8 (1) carried out temperature checks on students before they got out of their parent’s car. Those who were symptomatic were told to go home.
Students arriving by bus were required to walk 50m to the foyer for temperature screening. And if their temperature was above 37.5°C, they were taken to an isolation room until their parents could take them home.
Soon after having their temperatures taken, students queued to wash hands, keeping a metre apart from each other, before heading to the class. The school divided their original seven Form Five classes into 12.
Earlier, a check by The Star at the same school showed teachers had their temperatures checked by the school guards as they arrived.
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