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ACG School Jakarta suspends classes after teacher suspected of having COVID-19

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 4, 2020   /   01:39 pm
ACG School Jakarta suspends classes after teacher suspected of having COVID-19 Temperature check illustration. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

ACG School Jakarta, a Joint Cooperation School (SPK) in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, has suspended classes and all extracurricular activities after one of its teachers was suspected of having the novel coronavirus, which leads to COVID-19.

In a statement released on Monday, the school announced it would halt operations starting on Tuesday. The teacher has been tested for COVID-19 and the school is currently waiting for the results.

”As a precaution, we have already put in place a 14-day self-quarantine period for all students and staff, except a few staff members who are overseeing cleaning, security and other key services. 

“Our students will continue learning and carrying out class work from home via our online learning platforms. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of the school and wider community,” said ACG principal Shawn Hutchinson.

"If you or any of your family exhibit flu-like symptoms, please seek medical advice immediately and update us as soon as possible," Hutchinson said.

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He went on to say that that advice applied to all pupils, parents, staff and visitors. 

“We urge the school and wider community to follow World Health Organization guidance to protect themselves and help prevent the spread of the virus,” he added.

He added that the school would provide students with a guided online curriculum and online teaching support throughout the closure.

The school offers kindergarten, elementary and secondary education programs and employs foreign as well as local teachers.

As of Monday, the Health Ministry has tested 155 suspected COVID-19 patients, of which two are positive and currently being treated at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital in North Jakarta. Four patients are being retested for the novel coronavirus, while the remaining patients have been declared virus-free. (ars)

Editor’s Note: The article has been updated to clarify the statement by ACG principal Shawn Hutchinson.