Jharkhand government issues guidelines for schools amid surge in Covid-19 cases | Details

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The Jharkhand government has issued new standard operating procedures (SOPs) for schools in view of the increase in Covid-19 cases in the state. The state government has asked schools to ban mass gatherings, increase Covid-19 testing, frequent disinfection and make masks compulsory to minimize the spread of the virus.

Reports of coronavirus infections in schools have raised concerns, weeks after they opened for offline lessons after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Schools across the state have been urged to adhere to proper Covid guidelines following an increase in infections and an alert has been issued for student safety.

Education Department Secretary Rajesh Sharma has written a letter to education officials and district superintendents asking them to ensure all adequate arrangements are made due to the surge in Covid cases.

The decision to issue new guidelines was taken after Covid cases surged, prompting authorities to issue an alert.

MANDATORY VACCINATION IN SCHOOLS

“Covid-19 cases are increasing in many states and the situation requires caution. SOPs issued by the Disaster Management Authority should be strictly followed as schools reopen,” the secretary said.

It is mandatory for teachers and staff members to wear masks inside school premises and no gatherings, cultural and sporting events will be allowed to contain the spread of infection. In accordance with the latest guidelines, teachers, mess staff and other faculty have been asked to take both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Secretary has instructed all Deputy Commissioners to ensure that all Governments and Boarding Schools hold Covid-19 testing camps. Private schools have advised parents not to send their ward to school if the child tests positive or shows symptoms of Covid.

Jharkhand’s Health Minister Banna Gupta said: “Due to the increase in Covid infections in Delhi, we must intensify testing and take all necessary precautions. Passengers will be required to undergo thermal scanning at airports , stations and other public places to check the spread of infection.

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