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HealthCOVID-19SMJA, AAC students return to schools this week

Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 students nationwide return to classes after five months

Over hundreds of students of Year 7 to Year 9 nationwide were greeted with the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) yesterday upon their arrival on their first day of the school reopening (second stage).

The Brunei Post visited one of the government schools, Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School (SMJA) which has about 415 fully vaccinated students who attended the in-person classes.

Students of Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam Secondary School are required to maintain social distancing at all times. (Photo: Hakam/The Brunei Post)

While adhering to the guidelines and SOP provided by the school and Ministry of Health, health screening and wearing face masks are made mandatory for all the students and the school community.

As the school has accommodated full capacity, to avoid crowded in certain areas especially in the canteen area, the school has implemented pre-order food system which is given a day before, where all the food pack will be delivered to the school.

At the same time, Anthony Abell College in Seria also saw the return of fully vaccinated students for Year 8 and Year 9, including new Year 7 students.

A student doing a temperature scan at the Anthony Abell College. (Photo: AAC)

Before entering their classes, students must check their body temperatures and proceed to the waiting area at the school canteen or at the school’s main hall to perform antigen rapid tests.

Video instruction is shown by teachers to guide the students on how to use their ART self-test kit.

Students were shown an ART self-guide video by a teaching staff. (Photo: AAC)
Students waiting at the m Students waiting at the main hall for Covid screening. (Photo: AAC)

The whole process was carried out on both campuses, carefully structured by the school, following the Ministry of Health’s guidelines and coordinated for a very efficient process.  

Teachers were seen wearing personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of students and the community in the school. Students will only be permitted to enter their respective classes begin their new school year if they have a negative ART result.

Students are also required to perform ART tests once a week.

Some Year 7 students who have not completed their vaccination or are not eligible for vaccination are required to stay at home and resume their classes online.

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