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Post covid: Schools must take action to curb virus

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Sumanth Narayan

The school should have complete information and the facts about COVID-19 which will help diminish the students, parents, teachers and other faculty members fear, anxiety around the disease says Sumanth Narayan, Vice Chairman- Shanthinikethana Group of Institutions, Chairman – Adelie International Preschools in a conversation with Elets News Network (ENN).

At the outset, we hope that you and your family are safe and healthy. The entire world is passing through extremely difficult situations owing to havoc created by CoronaVirus infection which is declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation. The situation in our country has also compelled our Central Government to invoke the provisions of the Disaster Management Act to declare a state of lockdown in the entire country.

Further, declaration of lockdown by the Government, though considered to be an inevitable measure to contain the spread of infections, has affected people across all walks of life, in ways that were beyond reasonable comprehension. The field of education and academics has also been severely affected. The Education institutions, teachers, non-teaching staff, and more importantly, the students, have suffered irreparable losses in their own ways.

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The institution is not immune to the situation either, and we have also been severely impacted. As you are aware, running an education institution that believes in imparting quality education is challenging.

The students are also compelled to face an unprecedented situation. The threat of losing an academic year is looming large. Further, considering the age factor, if the young and restless minds get disoriented, it would be difficult to bring them back to a balanced lifestyle which includes adequate concentration on academics.

The school should have complete information and the facts about Covid 19 which will help diminish the fear, anxiety, stress , emotion around the disease among students, parents, teachers and other faculties.

Note that SOP documentation is much more involved than a simple procedural document measures to protect school from Novel coronavirus.

1. Back To School Arrangement Precautionary Measures In Schools Thermal scanning of temperature – students (2 intervals), teachers, staff, parents & other visitors.

  • Face Shield
  • Mouth Mask
  • Small Handy Sanitizer
  • Visitor management system.
  • Fogging & Spraying (2 Times In Day )
  • Social distance measures to be abided in the campus

2. Leave Of Absence of Both Students & Staff

3. Stay Home Notice And Approved Absence (Aa)

4. Medical Counsellor Responsibilities: Shall provide counselling to healthcare counseling; psychology

5. Emergency ready reckoner

Technology now allows students to connect anytime, anywhere, to teachers /school in the world, from any device. This COVID is dramatically changing new collaborations of learning .

“Ultimately, the greatest lesson that COVID-19 can teach humanity is that we are all in this together.”- Kiran MazumdarShaw.

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