Phurpa Lhamo

Students in full containment that had positive cases during the exam will be tested after the exams on March 12.

Students, who are in the group of primary contacts and those from the red buildings, will be tested after the exams.

This is according to the notification issued by the education ministry yesterday. Board examinations for Classes X and XII will end on March 12.

The notification stated that schools in high-risk areas and places under lockdown can allow parents to pick up their children upon the approval of movement from respective dzongkhag and thromde, Covid-19 test (if required), and after applying check post management system.

Dzongkhag and thromde authorities are requested to support the schools in arranging buses for those students who have no private transport arrangement.

Those students who are Covid-19 positive and in facility isolation must be tested if they had crossed 10 days or more after the first positive test.

“Those who are less than 10 days in isolation should complete 10 days in isolation before testing,” the notification said.

For schools in full containment without any positive cases during the exam, the students and staff will not be tested.

However, all symptomatic individuals and any student or staff who had potential exposure before and after entering containment would be tested.

“Staff and students who wish to travel from high-risk area to low-risk area should be tested and allowed to travel (if negative) without having to undergo the 7-day quarantine,” stated the notification.

However, they must travel directly from the containment without interacting with the community outside the containment and advice home quarantine for one week at the destination.

For schools with walked-in or mixed mode of examination, students in the assumed clean group will not be tested.

Students who are primary contacts or in red buildings attending exams from home will be tested by end of the exam.