800 Students Didn't Turn Up For Class After SK Bangsar Reports 2 COVID-19 Cases

The school was not ordered to close despite two of its pupils testing positive.

Cover image via Aizuddin Saad/Harian Metro

Parents of students at Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Bangsar did not send their children to school today, 9 October, after two students tested positive for COVID-19

According to Berita Harian, SK Bangsar Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Mohd Yazid Mohd Yasin said the school administration reported a 100% absentee rate of their 800 morning session students on Friday.

He said only teachers and administration staff who were not placed under quarantine, came to school this morning.

There was apparently no directive from the school to cancel classes after two pupils tested positive yesterday morning, 8 October

New Straits Times reported that the Standard Five and Standard Four pupils, both girls, had contracted the virus from their relatives who attended a kenduri recently.

The school cancelled its afternoon session yesterday after being informed by the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the cases, but nothing was said of closing the school.

According to the PTA chairman, the school administration had no authority to close the school and were awaiting further instructions from the district education office and MOH.

The PTA, however, believed that classes should be immediately postponed, at least for a week or two, while waiting for the test results of the affected students' close contacts.

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80 Year Four and Five students, as well as 26 teachers, were traced back to the two pupils and were sent for the COVID-19 swab test, as of yesterday

"All students and parents who are required to go for the screening test have already been notified and it seems that more will have to undergo the test as it was found the two students recently had a big performance practice session," added Mohd Yazid.

He said all students and teachers who have gone for the COVID-19 test are wearing coloured quarantine wristbands and are required to stay at home.

He added that sanitisation of the school and its surroundings has already been carried out.

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