Preparations have begun to ensure social distancing, as schools in Odisha for students in classes 10 and 12 will open on January 8 after more than nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At Buxi Jagabandhu English Middle School, arrangements are being made to ensure social distancing and other protocols.
According to the school director, Sandhaya Jena, new schedules have been created, classes have been divided, masks and disinfectants have been made mandatory.
“All COVID-19 guidelines are being followed, including thermal checks at entry and hygiene of desks. We have prepared new schedules and held meetings with staff members and parents so that everyone is aware of what needs to be done, ”Jena told ANI.
He further added that seating arrangements had been made to ensure social distancing.
“The school cafeteria will not work and recess will be staggered. Students must bring their own food and water. Teachers have been tasked with making sure students don’t crowd, ”he added.
Hours earlier, the Odisha government announced weekly health checks at educational institutions across the state in light of the reopening of schools and universities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the state government, schools for the 10th and 12th will reopen from January 8, while colleges and universities for seniors will reopen from January 11.
Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra on Tuesday called on the Department of Family Health and Welfare to conduct frequent medical checks at educational institutions and shelters as a preventive measure against any potential large outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There are currently 2,025 active cases of coronavirus in Odisha, while 3,26,778 patients have recovered. The death toll in the state is 1,887.