TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Depok Education Agency will limit the hours of face-to-face learning as schools will be reopened amid the COVID-19 pandemic beginning January 2021.
“After the learning activities, the rooms must be sterilized with disinfectants. The number of students in one room is also limited to 18 students at maximum,” said the agency head, Mohammad Thamrin, in Depok, Friday, November 27, 2020.
The Education Agency is preparing to reopen schools following the central government’s decision regarding face-to-face learning in 2021.
“Even so, we also continue to prepare online learning, because it cannot be fully implemented as before the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
According to Thamrin, the agency will not allow direct learning for other than main subjects to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.
In a bid to prevent crowds, the school canteen will not be opened and students will be obliged to bring their own food.
The Education Agency also asked schools to prepare supporting facilities for implementing health protocols prior to reopening. “Such as portable hand washing stations, thermal guns, and the School Health Unit (UKS) room. [The schools] must also ensure the teachers’ health,” said Thamrin.