Thumbs up for rotation system

A security guard taking the body temperatures of teachers before they are permitted to enter the school.

By Crystal Wong

SIBU: Schools in Sibu and Miri divisions began using the rotation system on Monday in an effort to keep everyone safe from Covid-19.

After being closed for two weeks, the schools resumed on Monday under strict standard operating procedures (SOPs).

In Sibu, Year 4, 5 and 6 students attend classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Year 1, 2 and 3 including pre-schoolers have Tuesday and Thursday, Remove Class and Form 3 have the first and third week of the month while Forms 4 to 6 can go to school every day.

In Miri, Year 1, 2 and 3 go to school on Thursday and Friday, Year 4, 5 and 6 students attend classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Members of the public have given the class rotation system the thumbs up.  Following are some of their comments:

Anna Hiu (terminal manager)

This system is good because if a student or teacher is positive, not everyone in the school will have to go for quarantine. But if there is a positive case in a school, it still has to close down for sanitisation. I think this system will ensure everyone goes to school. Parents must, however, play their part to make sure that their children are not sick before sending them to school.

Wong Boon Kheng (sales manager)

The rotation system is a good idea and I think schools in Kuching should try this, too. However, parents who have children in different classes will have trouble sending and picking up their children. The only problem is that if the schools do not have enough teachers, then the teachers will have to teach every day. 

Wee Sui Hong (teacher)

This is a good idea because now our main issue is social distancing. Going to school on alternate days will prevent the spread of the virus. Schools can extend their school hours and hopefully, they will have enough staff for alternate days, too. 

Nur Fitriyani Mohammad Tomizi (student)

I think it is a good idea to let the students attend their lessons on alternate days because the Covid cases in Sibu keep on increasing every single day. Having lessons on alternate days will prevent overcrowding.