PETALING JAYA: All schools and kindergartens in Selangor, Penang, Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur will be closed for two days from tomorrow (Thursday) in view of the worsening haze.
According to a statement by the education ministry, the affected schools will not need to replace these days as these are categorised as closures due to natural disasters.
Meanwhile, teachers from the affected schools would be given the option to work from home.
The ministry said announcements on mandatory school closures would be made latest by 6pm every day, depending on the air quality.
However, heads of schools could announce the closures based on their discretion, depending on the air pollutant index (API) trends for the day. They would have to report the decision to the district education office or state Education Department.
The ministry advised students and teachers to look after their health by drinking enough water and reducing outdoor activities.
However, for tertiary education institutions, the decision to close will depend on their respective managements.
The Department of Environment (DoE) notes that Putrajaya’s API registered 200 at 5pm today.
Penang has the highest API reading of 260, according to DoE.
An API reading of zero to 50 indicates good air quality; 51 to 100, moderate; 101 to 200, unhealthy; 201 to 300, very unhealthy, and 300 and above, hazardous.