The instructions for health protocol tightening follow the closure of a number of schools in the area due to the detection of COVID-19 cases.
"We have to implement strict health protocols at schools. We will follow the circular from the educational service," head of the South Jakarta Regional II Education Sub-Department, Abd Rachem, said on Friday.
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Six schools in the area have been temporarily closed since January 7, 2022, due to the finding of COVID-19 cases, including Middle and High School Labschool Kebayoran, Assisi Tebet Vocational School, and Andalus Islamic Middle School and High School, he informed.
Jakarta 6 High School was closed recently after one student tested positive for COVID-19 on January 13, he said.
Rachem assured that the six schools had carried out tracing for all students and educators.
"It is part of the health protocols. Once we find a positive case in school, we immediately trace the close contacts. If there is a positive case found, we close the school for three to five days. Depends on the number of cases," he informed.
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Earlier, Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said that the local government will continue to implement face-to-face learning (PTM) at 100-percent capacity even though cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 10 schools.
"There is no urgency to close PTM at schools. We are still monitoring to make sure everything goes better. We ask for prayers and support from all, especially parents, to ensure the safety of our children at school. Also, please remind children to go back home after school," Patria added.
The 10 schools reporting COVID-19 cases were spread across various areas of Jakarta, he said. The government has closed the schools for five days and will extend the closure to 15 days, if more cases are found, he added.
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