Quarantine Teachers and Students To Implement Health Protocols

Quarantine Teachers and Students To Implement Health Protocols

Teachers, mentors, and school students in the Taruna Papua boarding school in Wonosari Jaya District, Timika Regency, are not allowed to leave the school and boarding complexes. That has been done since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak struck the region in late March.

Director of the Amungme and Kamoro Community Empowerment Foundation (YPMAK) Vebian Magal said the policy of isolation of Papuan schools and boarding houses was carried out to avoid the transmission of the Covid-19 outbreak to school complexes which all accommodated native Papuan students from the Amungme, Kamoro, and several other Papuan tribes.

"Since the beginning of the Covid-19 case in Timika, we have carried out a special area quarantine in the school and boarding complex of Taruna Papua. Teachers, students, boarding supervisors, cooks, and other employees, must not leave the complex because the situation in Timika now has local transmission, "said Vebian on Thursday (11/6).

At present, there are 712 students from elementary to junior high school who are attending the Taruna Papua Boarding School. While the total number of employees (including teachers, boarding supervisors) who manage the school is 154 people.

Vebian said, with the quarantine policy or isolation of the area in the Timika SP4 Papua Youth and Boarding School complex, until now, the health condition of teachers, boarding supervisors, and students, is still excellent.

"They are not allowed to leave the school environment. During holidays like now, children are also not allowed to return to their parents' homes either in Timika or in rural villages. They are not allowed contact with outsiders, all are required to stay in the dormitory and school, "said Vebian.

As for the teachers and supervisors of the hostel are given a choice. If they do not want to live in schools and hostels or choose to live outside the school compound, they are not permitted to meet with students and other fellow teachers.

"If they don't want to stay inside or choose to stay outside, that's fine, but they can't go to school for a while. Their salaries are still paid (basic salary), but they don't receive other benefits, "said Vebian.

Until now, thousands of YPMAK scholarship program participants in various study cities outside Mimika have been monitored by their health condition. There have been no reports of Covid-19 exposure. Last week one of the YPMAK scholarship participants died in Semarang because of another disease, not Covid-19.

"Until now, the children are in good health. From the beginning we emphasized that the costs of boarding houses, rented houses, etc. were still fully borne by YPMAK even though they are now attending school or studying online. We continue to coordinate with partner institutions to monitor and supervise children participating in scholarship programs in various study cities, "said Vebian.

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