A santri reads a miniature Quran at the An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten, on Thursday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

New Normal in an Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

JUNE 19, 2020

The An Nuqthah pesantren, or Islamic boarding school, in Tangerang, Banten, welcomed back its students on Thursday after an absence of four months. 

The pesantren was forced to close its doors because of the coronavirus pandemic and many of its students, called santri, were sent home. 

Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim announced on Monday that boarding schools should stay closed during the July and August school holiday.

Since there are no normal classes at An Nuqthah, the students spend their day exercising, making art and cleaning up their dorms and classes.

The pesantren had to apply for a permit from the Education and Culture Ministry and the local government to reopen the school.

The permit was granted since the school is located in a "green zone" with a low number of Covid-19 cases and because it has enough facilities to stick to the government's public health guidelines.

Students wear a mask everywhere they go at the pesantren and follow physical distancing guidelines, even when they pray at the mosque. 

Santri clean the boarding school environment in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris clean up the pesantren's yard. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Female santris perform dance practice during an afternoon in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris practice a dance. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Male santris read Quran during afternoon inside mosque in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Physical distancing during a Quran reading session. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A male santri take a wudhu before pray in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri takes ablution before prayer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Female santris read Quran inside a mushola in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Reading the Quran inside a mushola (smaller mosque) in the pesantren. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris perform Dzuhur prayer inside a mosque in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Physical distancing during a congregational prayer at the pesantren's main mosque. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris stand in a balcony of the mosque in in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris hang out at the mosque's balcony after prayer. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Female santris play badminton in in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A santri plays badminton during recess. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Santris cut tree branch in An Nuqthah Islamic Boarding School in Tangerang, Banten on Thursday (18/06). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Trimming trees at the pesantren. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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