Jakarta (ANTARA) - An elementary school in North Jakarta disinfected classrooms and suspended limited face-to-face learning after three fourth-graders and a teacher were diagnosed with COVID-19 based on polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

The principal of 05 State Elementary School in East Pademangan, North Jakarta, Maman Juaman, said the school has suspended offline learning from Friday (January 28, 2022) to Monday (January 31, 2022).

The school will implement distance learning for all students if the local health center issues such a recommendation, he informed here on Thursday.

Juaman said that his team took the initiative to sterilize the school, in coordination with the acting unit head, by spraying disinfectant in the classrooms, staff room, and the principal's office.

"(As the Chinese New Year holiday will fall on February 1) The limited face-to-face learning would start again on Wednesday (February 2)," he added.

"We are waiting for a recommendation and results from the health center because this is their task. The actual recommendation says only students who are positive need to learn remotely; for children who are negative, they should keep attending school," he said.

According to Juaman, the local health center found one student positive for COVID-19 on January 18.

Thereafter, the health center conducted tracing by running PCR tests on students in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades on January 24, he said.

Based on the results of the PCR test received on Wednesday (January 26), three students and one teacher in the fourth grade were confirmed positive for COVID-19, he added.

Based on the recommendations released by the health center earlier, only fourth-grade students would likely need to undergo distance learning, he said.

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