The upgraded secondary school, Khijarsarai, below the Sariya block of the Gaya district, was closed shortly after its opening, after the school principal found positive for Covid-19.
Bihar’s schools and universities, which have been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, opened from January 4 by order of the government.
The director has been transferred to a private hospital in Patna for treatment. However, this has set off alarms for all those who came into contact with the director.
The same principal informed the district education officer (DEO) about his condition and feared that the infection would spread to other teachers as well. He urged the DEO to close the school to prevent further spread.
Gaya DEO Musatafa Hussan Mansuri said that the information about the positive director of Covid-19 was given to the district magistrate and the civil surgeon.
“The school has been closed until the disinfection of the school is complete and all teachers and staff who came into contact with the principal are also screened. Only those who test negative in the RT-PCR test will be allowed to attend, while those who test positive must remain isolated and undergo the prescribed treatment, “he added.
The DEO said the school could function only after disinfection is complete and all teachers and staff are screened.
In secondary schools, the government also launched a surprise inspection of academic activities from across the state on Thursday. During the inspection, officials will ensure that Covid-19 guidelines are strictly followed, including only 50% alternate-day student attendance, social distancing, and all required precautions and facilities.
After secondary school classes, the government also has to heed a call to open other schools from January 18. Board practical examinations have also been launched, which would require increased vigilance.
“All schools and universities have to follow the protocol issued by the department. The department will also make sure there is no slack. The inspection will analyze all aspects, ”said a senior official from the department.