According to the standard operating procedure issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), metropolitan schools are ready to open with all the Covid-1 prot protocols.
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Nishant Sharma, Academic Head, Vidya Bal Bhavan, said: “Our school has set up a coveted isolation room for students with oxygen concentrator and medical team. In case of emergency, the school has entered into agreements with nearby hospitals so that students can get proper timely treatment.” “Students will have their temperature checked regularly, even before they return home via school transport.”
He added that the school would send the consent form to the parents through a virtual meeting, asking for permission to send them to the ward school. However, he said only 50 per cent students would be allowed to enter the school as per government guidelines. The school will be reopened in phases after getting consent from the parents.
Only fully vaccinated staff members will be allowed to attend school and physical classes, the official added. “If a staff member has not yet been fully vaccinated, he or she will not be allowed to attend physical classes unless they have vaccinated themselves.”
Also, he said that students or staff members who live in the containment zone will not be allowed to enter until the situation in the area returns to normal.
Sandhya Singh, co-principal of Mayur Bihar Government Girls Secondary School, said: “Only 15 to 20 students will be allowed in a classroom to ensure social distance. Offline classes will be allowed during the day. ”
To avoid gathering during the lunch break, the school has set aside time for lunch in each classroom. Also, there will be an hour interval between morning and evening shifts and students will not be allowed to leave school together but will have to disperse one by one, he said.
“In addition to maintaining social distance, we have an isolation room with all basic medical facilities. In case of emergency, students can be taken to the nearest hospital i.e. Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital for proper treatment,” the vice-president added.
According to a recent DDMA order, colleges, universities and coaching institutes were allowed to reopen in phases with Delhi schools and some Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) were followed from September 1.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who carries the education portfolio, announced the decision, saying schools would follow a “mixed mode” of online and offline classes to ensure those at home could not study.
Sisodia said no student would be forced to come to school and the consent of parents would be mandatory for children to return to school and students would not be forced or considered absent if they did not give permission.
After the first wave of Covid-1 hit the country in March last year, schools in Delhi reopened for classes 9 to 11 on February 5, 2021, but closed again on April 9 after the second wave of Covid-1 cases increased. There was an epidemic.
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