Phase2 all Cambodia School Reopening – September 2020
The Royal Government of Cambodia has also decided to reopen kindergartens to high schools, both public and private, during September 2020. This was confirmed by Mr. Ros Sovacha, a spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. News released on Thmey
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Mr. Ros Sovacha confirmed to Thmey Thmey news reporters by telephone that the decision to reopen the school to high school is in the second phase. 9th and 12th grade students will return to school in September and will take the Diploma (secondary school final exams) and Bac II exams (high school final exams) in December 2020.
“The opening of grade 9 and 12 is a stage of the phase 2”, he said. Thus, the opening of this kindergarten to high school is an additional information for the second phase.
Pertaining to the details of the opening of the school in this second phase, the Minister of Education will hold a press conference on August 28th, 2020, Mr. Sovacha added. For the phase 3 of the school reopening, the ministry is still on discussing.
The Ministry of Education recommends that each school gets prepared in advance to ensure safety and security for students, teachers and staff. “Institutions must be prepared to set up their facilities in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures for the Reopening of Schools in the context of Kovid-19,” the spokesman stated.
Schools that reopen must be disinfected in classrooms, campuses, libraries, canteens, bathrooms, playgrounds, and other essentials. Each school must properly organize the garbage, including tables and chairs to be distanced at 2 meters apart, and only 20 to 25 students per class. Schools must suspend entertainment venues or sports fields and gatherings or community events on campus. No unauthorized entry or exit of students during school hours, the Ministry of Education instructed. The Ministry of Education also recommends that each school provide a place for hand washing and soap or alcohol on all campuses to have health rooms with first aid professionals and medical examinations for students, teachers and staff. The Ministry advises drivers of school buses to wear alcohol masks, open car windows and allow students to sit between seats, leave one seat free in between.
Parents or guardians of students need to prepare safe, well-cooked meals for their children to eat at school to avoid eating common foods that are a source of contamination. The school advises parents to report information related to their health status and travel history or any meeting, the Ministry of Education added.
At the same time, the Minister of Education also instructed all students, teachers and education staff to eat and drink home-cooked food and water from their respective homes. The Minister also advised them to manage their emotions well without fear and discrimination. He also advised them to ban the use of sharing things or shake hands but saluting each other with the Khmer Sam Peah instead.
In case of suspicion that any students, teachers or staff members have symptoms to Kovid-19, the school must report it to the Department of Health or call 115 to prevent Kovid-19 spread. However, if a school is negligent in causing an outbreak of Kovid-19, it will face legal action and administrative action in accordance with the regulations in force.