PETALING JAYA: All schools in Sabah will be closed for two weeks, starting Oct 10, following a spike of Covid-19 cases in the state, says the Education Ministry.
The Ministry said given that Covid-19 cases in Sabah are still showing an increase, the National Security Council (MKN) on the management of the Covid-19 pandemic chaired by the Prime Minister on Friday (Oct 9), have agreed the need for the closure of schools in the whole state.
As such, the Ministry said all schools in Sabah will be closed from Oct 10-25.
Currently, all schools located in the red zones in Sabah are closed.
The Ministry said students in boarding schools located in the red zones in Sabah must remain in their dorms.
It added that students in boarding schools in the green zones, but have family homes in the red zones must also remain in their dorms.
"The school administration will manage the safety and well-being of those students," it said in a statement on Friday.
Furthermore, as Covid-19 cases have also been detected at Sekolah Kebangsaan Presint 8 (1) in Putrajaya and Sekolah Kebangsaan Bangsar, the Ministry said both schools have also been ordered to be closed from Oct 9 to 16.
It noted that this decision will involve 2,978 primary school students, as well as 211 teachers and staff.
"The closure is made based on the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) to control the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure that cleaning, disinfection work and contact tracing can be carried out," it said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry also said any schools in the country that have recorded a positive Covid-19 case must close for seven days, without needing to wait for the risk analysis assessment by the Health Ministry, adding that this was to ensure that the cleaning, disinfection and contact tracing can be carried out by the Health Ministry.
"In this issue, schools that have recorded positive Covid-19 cases must follow the school closure guidelines that will be released by the Ministry," it said.
Since schools have been allowed to reopen on June 24, the Ministry said any decision to halt classes or to close the schools are based on the directive by the Health Ministry.
"During this period, if the District Health Office detected a positive Covid-19 case among the students, teachers and school staff, the Ministry will conduct a thorough risk analysis assessment on the infected case.
"Based on the risk analysis, the Health Ministry, through the District Health Office, will release a directive on whether a class, a floor, or an entire building should be shut down or an entire school needed to be closed," it said.
During the closure period of the schools, the Ministry said the school administration has been instructed to ensure that the teachers and students carry out home teaching and learning.
"The teaching and learning at home manuals can be downloaded at the Ministry's website," it said.
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