Children attend classes at Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School in Abepura, Papua, in this 2008 file photo. Indonesia's National Council of Catholic Education has released 'new normal' guidelines. (Photo: Ryan Dagur/UCA News)
The National Council of Catholic Education in Indonesia has released “new normal” guidelines for Catholic schools to practice when the government reopens them as part of its Covid-19 lockdown easing plans.
Council chairman Franciscan Father Vinsensius Darmin Mbula said the guidelines were published on June 8 and had been sent to each diocesan education council.
"Because of the various contexts of each region, we ask each diocese and school to make more technical provisions referring to the new protocols," he told UCA News.
Father Mbula said his council’s guidelines was expected to help Catholic schools reopen more quickly. "We want to assure parents that their children will be safe in Catholic schools,” he said.Petrus Widodo, secretary of Palembang Archdiocese’s Education Council in South Sumatra, said the guidelines were being studied and would be incorporated in their own protocols."We have already informed parents that we will adopt measures to safeguard their children so that they do not worry when the school opens," said Widodo.Indonesia has more than 5,200 Catholic schools with eight million students.The country recorded 1,241 new Covid-19 cases on June 10, taking the total to 34,316 with 1,959 deaths.