Covid Guidelines

SOP ON REOPENING OF SCHOOLS

For the physical reopening of the School we need to ensure safe, effective and sustainable learning environment for our students. During this Corona crisis/pandemic, we have to follow a number of precautionary and preventive measures to avoid transmission of Covid-19 while keeping in mind about number of students, sections, classrooms, toilets and other infrastructure availability. The following points may be kept in view–

RECOMMENDATIONS AND PREPARATION FOR REOPENING SCHOOLS.

  1. Installation of sanitization machine at the entry point of the school. Each person may be sanitized twice a day; on entry and exit, both times.
  2. Checking of Masks at the entry point.
  3. Requirement of additional special sanitation staff for proper sanitization of school premises including classrooms, washrooms, staffrooms, labs, activity rooms, offices, conference room, library etc. Sanitation workers must be equipped with enough number of sanitization machines, efficient to create spray and stream with broad range.
  4. Purchasing sanitizing material, such as various sanitization machines, Sanitizers, Infrared Thermometers, Head covers, Face shields, Gloves etc. Each class teacher may be equipped with thermal scanner. A touch free hand sanitization machine may be installed in every classroom along with staff room.
  5. Additional funds may be required to meet out provisions for sanitizing material throughout the crisis period to ensure safety of students in schools. 
  6. Washrooms and water coolers are very prone sites for transmission of infection, therefore, efforts should be to minimize the visit of students to these sites.
  7. There may be possibility of symptomatic or asymptomatic person in School (Staff or student). If such incident is noticed in school, then there must be a separately designated medical room for immediate isolation of such person from where he/she can be transferred to home or hospital. If any case is confirmed in school (whether any student or staff member) proposed medical protocol of diagnosis and quarantine may be followed for all the members come in contact with the patient.

PROPOSED SOP FOR REOPENING OF SCHOOL

  1. On the background of following social distancing among children, schools several times would not be able to accommodate all the children enrolled at one time, it would be important to create a plan of calling classes on certain days of the week; also starting the selected classes in a staggered manner, guiding into number of children, time and grade requested to attend the schools.
  2. The time-table of each class must involve a class of open discussion for the children to express their feelings and most importantly teachers would be in a role of probing the discussion and listening.
  3. The Schools may be run as double shifted due to high enrollment and timing for students may be divided in 2 shifts of 3 hours each. Time table may be prepared accordingly.
  4. Alternative / select days of schooling for each class needs to be implemented accessing number of students as per the class-room size keeping social distancing norms in mind. So every class need to be divided into two batches. These schools are to be focused for Middle / High School students only.
  5. Entry of students in school: Every student may be sanitized at entry point with sanitization machine and they may go to the classes directly. Common assembly and some other group activities-sports and games, library, cultural activities (group) may not take place during the pandemic. Every class room contains 20-22 desks for students so new section system may be introduced with one student on one desk to ensure social distancing.
  6. The seating arrangement need to be with social distancing norms. Accordingly, the desks as per its size can be arranged in every class.
  7. Home assignments and online classes may be arranged for the day, students are not coming so that the time at home may be properly utilized.
  8. Toilets seats/urinals and water taps are limited in number. If the students have to stay in school for six hours duration which is long enough to compel students to use these amenities.
  9. Every class in-charge may appoint a “Covid Champion” monitor of his class and a badge may be provided to him. Class teacher and Covid Champion Monitor may check masks, temperature and ensure social distancing in classrooms.
  10. To maintain social distancing and avoid crowding, dispersal of students may be done in phases, class wise/section wise and no bell should be used. Entry and dispersal of students may be through two separate gates of school, wherever possible.
  11. Despite of all of these fruitful efforts to compensate remaining subjects and study hours there may be need of online classes. Home assignments/online class material may be developed centrally with selecting best available resources.
  12. Library books may be issued to students to take them home.
  13. Parents/Outsiders entry in school must be restricted.
  14. Auto hand sanitizer may be installed at entry gate/washrooms and drinking water area.
  15. As we all are aware that our first priority in the current situations is to protect children from COVID-19. So it is suggested that students should be sensitized about health and hygiene. We may use our school building to inculcate alertness among students, by putting sign board of ‘don’t touch’ on surfaces where students touch frequently. Advisory pamphlet may be printed to distribute among students to exhibit- What to do and what not to do.
  16. Training for teachers regarding COVID-19 should be organized, so that teachers may remain alert for any possible difficulty.
  17. Checking   of   homework/practical   records/projects/other assignments is another serious issue, because as these objects come in touch with multiple persons and may be a potent cause of transmission of infection. To avoid infection, teachers may wear disposable gloves while checking note books/practical records/projects/other assignments and these note books/practical records/projects/other assignments may be kept for 24 hours before returning to students.
  18. Each student may be asked to carry his/her own water bottle and tiffin.
  19. Schools should promote social distancing everywhere in the school campus, classroom and during mid-day meals.
  20. Students can have their lunch either in their own desk places or in corridors with social distancing norms and hand hygiene processes.
  21. No exchange of books, pens, bags or food items among the children, among the teachers and children and between school authorities and children.
  22. Mixing of students of different classes may not be allowed.
  23. The teachers should be able to conduct drill sessions with the children with utmost sensitivity on following norms of social distancing, other COVID-19 related norms. It would help to if the school spaces are prepared as follows:
    1. Marking spaces in the class- rooms showing 6 – 8 feet distancing to be followed
    2. Marking spaces where children usually gather for lunch, or generally sit in groups (mainly directing them to avoid these spaces)
  24. To inhabit the COVID norms for the children, it would be important that the teachers follow the norms and model them for the children
  25. The schools can display posters, on awareness of scientific information on COVID and norms required to be followed to avoid getting infected. The posters can be discussed with the children as well as can be useful for the parents/villagers who visit schools.
  26. Daily basic health check like fever, cough, cold, weakness, other sickness need to be done by the Volunteer / teacher and maintain record. A random check through thermal scanning by the location in charge / officer need to be done through visits.
  27. On weekly basis, students need to be facilitated with worksheets per group basis, library books, assignments, projects, and opportunity for co-curricular activities to participate.
  28. Special focus need to be given on those children who were not connected through online.

Recruitment Process as per Directorate of Education.

Followed as per Directorate of Education.