The directive comes in the wake of a rash of Kovid-19 cluster outbreaks on state school and college campuses. The school management is taking all precautionary measures to ensure that the students keep themselves safe.
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A preschool in South Bangalore has asked students not to attend the annual peanut festival ‘Kadalekai Parish’. “Children were verbally told in class not to go to the parish, and if they visited, they were told not to come to school,” one parent told TOI. “School management is taking precautions to ensure that children are free from infection by staying away from crowds.” Each school has its own responsibilities and guidelines as they help in creating awareness, says D Shashi Kumar, General Secretary, Association of Management of Primary and Secondary Schools of Karnataka (KAMS). Students are “going everywhere” and attending social gatherings, he said. Many move in groups after school-college and only a few maintain cowardly-appropriate behavior.
“While schools ensure that Covid behaves appropriately on campus, students do not follow these protocols when they are off campus,” Kumar said. “In tuition classes, for example, students sit with their cheeks on. If a student’s test is positive, the blame will fall on the school. This is a frightening situation and a big concern for the school authorities.
Chairperson Dr MK Sudarshan, head of the State Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), said it was a good sign that schools were taking proactive steps to teach children covid-appropriate behavior. “Children must be taught covid-appropriate behaviors such as avoiding crowds and wearing masks,” he said. “It’s a good move when schools give their own life-lessons.”
Dr SM Prasad, a pediatrician and honorary secretary of the Indian Medical Association, Karnataka, said children should avoid going to fairs, markets and malls because of the epidemic situation.
Dr Prasad said, “Children catch the infection quickly and spread it quickly. “It simply came to our notice then. Wearing a mask while away from public gatherings and in public helps not only control covid but also prevents other viral infections. ” He said the current climate is conducive to the spread of viruses like influenza and everyone should take all possible precautions.
With the resumption of on-campus classes, parents must make sure that their children do not go to school if any member of the family develops Covid-19 symptoms, Dr. Prasad said. “Parents should take responsibility and inform the school management if anyone in the house is ill and shows common covid symptoms,” said Dr Prasad. “In such cases, ideally, parents should not send their children to school.”
Following the outbreak of clusters in educational institutions in Mysuru, Dharwad and Bangalore urban districts, the state government on Sunday issued a notice to the educational institutions to suspend all social and cultural programs for two months.
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