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Jakarta Post

Jakarta administration plans to reopen schools on July 13

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 16, 2020   /   11:33 am
Jakarta administration plans to reopen schools on July 13 An Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) officer sprays disinfectant at a high school in Central Jakarta on Monday in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The Jakarta Education Agency plans to reopen schools in the capital on July 13 to coincide with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, after schools have been required to implement study-from-home policies for several months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authorities have formulated three different schemes to allow students to return to school, said the agency's head, Nahdiana.

"If the large-scale social restriction [PSBB] policy in the capital is lifted, then we will be ready to reopen the schools. We have prepared several scenarios for it," Nahdiana said in a video uploaded on the Jakarta administration's YouTube channel on Thursday, reported.

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The first option is to reopen a number of schools and allow all of their students to attend, while the second option to reopen several schools and only allow half of their students on the premises.

Meanwhile, the third option is to reopen all schools while requiring some students to study from home, Nahdiana said without elaborating further.

Nahdiana said the implementation of the plan would take into account the Jakarta administration and the central government's policies as well as the preparedness of each school's facilities to prevent COVID-19 transmission.

Jakarta has implemented restrictions on mobility since April 10, with the restrictions having been extended for a second period until May 22. Students are required to study from home during the PSBB period, as schools and universities remain closed due to the pandemic. (vny)