Reopening Of Schools: J&K Officials Directed To Frame Uniform Checklist

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Srinagar- The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday asked the officials to frame a uniform checklist for every educational institution regarding Covid containment measures within their institutions and also maintain highest level of sanitation all the time to ensure reopening of these institutions in a very secure environment for the students as well as teachers.

These directions were passed by the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole on Thursday while chairing a meeting regarding reopening of schools and colleges in Kashmir division, an official spokesperson said.

The meeting was attended by Director School Education, Director Health Services Kashmir, Director Colleges, Principals and Heads of Institutions, In-charge Divisional Covid Control Room, Kashmir and other concerned officers.

Pole, he said, directed the concerned officers to ensure strict implementation of Covid-19 Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) to prevent spread of virus while schools and colleges are re-opened.

“He stressed for framing of uniform check list for every educational institution regarding covid containment measures within their institutions and also maintain highest level of sanitation all the time to ensure reopening of these institutions in a very secure environment for the students as well as teachers,” he added.

According to the spokesperson, the Div Com said before opening of school, the concerned administration of the institution shall inspect these institutions physically and ascertain about the preparedness and planning before throwing these institutions open for children.

“He said that in physical aspects of check list must include cleaning of grounds, classrooms, availability of clean water and reparation of washrooms. He instructed all the institution heads to designate a nodal officer who will be supervising the Covid specific activities in these institutions,” he said.

The official spokesperson said that Pole also directed to all ZEOs to submit their interim report about the readiness of these institutions found from check list to the concerned CEOs of their districts for allowing offline education before February 28, 2022.

Besides, the official spokesperson said that the Div Com also stated that every class room shall possess list of Do's and Dont's of Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Covid specific pamphlets in their classrooms besides soaps/ sanitizers must be available for hand washing purpose and also proper disposal of masks should be taken care as per scientific methods of disposal.

Pole, he said, also directed for frequent inspection of educational institutions by teams of school health public experts of Directorate of Health Services Kashmir.

“Moreover, Div Com also directed the Head of Institutions, particularly higher secondaries and colleges to monitor activities of students so that no students shall indulge in irresponsible activities in these institutions,” the spokesperson said.

In this regard, he said, Pole stressed on holding parent and teacher meetings on a regular basis to keep students away from irresponsible activities and drugs abuse menace which has been noticed from quite some time.

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