Operation of schools and learning institutions in red zones or with positive Covid-19 cases (Part II)


Below are some frequently asked questions relating to educational institutions under the Education Ministry following the announcement that these institutions in red zones or with positive Covid-19 cases will be closed.

Q: Who will issue the closure notice to schools/educational institutions if an area has been identified as a red zone by the Health Ministry?

A: The Education Ministry will make the closure announcement. Further instructions will be issued by the state registrar for private educational institutions, Teacher Training Institutes (IPG) rectors and the Matriculation Division director for all matriculation colleges (KM).

Q: Who will issue the closure notice to schools/educational institutions if an area has confirmed it has a positive case of Covid-19?

A: i. Matriculation Division director for KM.

ii. Rector for their respective IPG.

iii. State registrar for schools and other educational institutions including private educational institutions.

Q: Do teachers/lecturers need to be present to carry out their duties in schools or educational institutions when they are closed?

A: No, teachers and lecturers must work from home during the stipulated period. All teachers and lecturers on duty must be ready to be present at their work stations if and when instructed by their respective department heads.

Q: Do administrative members (AKP) need to be present to carry out their duties in schools or educational institutions when they are closed?

A: No, AKPs should work from home. All AKPs on duty must be ready to be present at their work stations if and when instructed by their respective department heads.

Q: Who are the individuals who are required to return to schools and educational institutions despite their closures?

A: i. Essential service workers such as cleaners and security guards

ii. Hostel wardens and hostel dining hall workers, and students who remain in the hostel.

Q: How long will schools/educational institutions in red zones be closed?

A: 14 days. This is to help break the chain of the Covid-19 pandemic. The reopening date of schools/educational institutions will be based on advice by the Health Ministry and National Security Council.

Q: How long will schools/educational institutions that have a confirmed Covid-19 case be closed?

A: Seven days. This is to enable the Health Ministry to carry out cleaning, disinfection, and contact tracing activities.

Q: Does teaching and learning (PdP) need to be carried out for schools and educational institutions which have been closed?

A: Yes, the administrators of the institutions must ensure that teaching and learning from home (PdPR) which are suited to the needs of teachers and students is conducted throughout the affected period. The PdPR manual can be downloaded from the ministry’s official website at www.moe.gov.my.

Q: Are schools and educational institutions allowed to conduct regulated international examinations despite the closures?

A: Yes. Candidates must get a permission letter from their respective schools or educational institutions as validation.

The exam must be carried out and comply with the given standard operating procedures (SOP).

Q: Is a school allowed to postpone Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) trials when it is ordered to close?

A: Yes, schools which have been ordered to close can reschedule the trial examination to another date which is deemed appropriate.

Q: Can schools continue to input data of students SPM trial results if the school has been ordered to close?

A: Yes, the School Examination Analysis System (SAPS) is open until Dec 31.

Q: Can all students living in the hostel return home when the school/ institution is ordered to close?

A: Yes. However, students waiting to be picked up by parents or guardians, as well as students who want to stay back in their dorms throughout the closure will be under the care of the hostel warden. Food and drinks will be provided by the school/educational institution.

Q: Are parents/guardians living in the area under the CMCO and RMCO allowed to take their children home from the hostel?

A Yes, parents/guardians are allowed to go to their children’s respective hostel to pick them up and return home provided they follow the Guidelines for School Management and Operations in the New Norms.

Q: How will PdP in IPG and KM take place throughout the CMCO and RMCO period?

A: PdP will be completely conducted online.

Q: Are IPG/KM students allowed to remain in their respective residential colleges during the closure?

A: Yes.

Q: Are the cafeterias and grocery shops in IPG/KM allowed to operate?

A: Yes.

Source: Education Ministry

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