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SOP released ahead of Phase One school reopening

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Phnom Penh’s Footprints International School is one of the schools slated to reopen for the first phase of school reopening. KT/Pann Rachana

The Ministry of Education yesterday issued the official standard operating procedure (SOP) for the anticipated reopening of select schools in the Kingdom to ensure the safety of students amid the pandemic.

The regulations mandate the rigorous cleaning and disinfection of facilities ahead of the reopening, including libraries, washrooms, laboratories, classrooms and playgrounds, as well as keeping room temperature to no lower than 24 degrees Celsius.

Doors and windows must also be kept open for proper ventilation and tables must be kept two metres apart, with classroom capacity limited to between 20 and 25 students.

Morning assemblies must also be held in small groups while the lending of library books from one student to another and holding of other events or gatherings, sports-related or otherwise, will be suspended.

Temperature checks will be employed in school entrances, with anyone registering temperature higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius sent home or to the hospital for an immediate check-up.

Students and staff who have recently come back from overseas will also be allowed to take leave while they undergo the mandatory quarantine. Others are likewise prohibited from travelling to mitigate risks of contracting the virus.

Standard precautionary guidelines such as regular handwashing and the wearing of face masks must also be observed.

Minister of Education Hang Chuon Naron, in a statement yesterday, said the SOP contains the ministry’s joint response with the Ministry of Health in ensuring health and safety for students, staff and guardians alike as COVID-19 cases continue to be recorded in the Kingdom.

“The ministry hopes that all educational institutions, parents/guardians and students will work together for the effective and positive implementation of the SOP,” said Naron.

Last month, the Council of Ministers ruled to allow the Ministry of Education to reopen 20 high-safety standard schools this month after a five-month-long school closure in the Kingdom.

The greenlight was stated in a letter sent Monday by Council of Ministers secretary of state In Virak Cheat to Naron. The schools are located in Phnom Penh and the cities of Battambang and Siem Reap.

According to the ministry, the school reopening will see three phases. Phase 1 will be the reopening of schools with the highest safety standards, Phase 2 will include schools with average safety standards while Phase 3 will consist of schools with minimum safety standards.


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