Doctors to be at hand in schools, Kerala finalising reopening guidelines

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Government is chalking out plans ahead of the reopening of schools early next month. The final set of guidelines, including dos and dont's for students, teachers, parents and even transporters, are likely to be published on Tuesday.

The Education Department has decided to train not just teachers but also parents of students about COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and protocols before the schools reopen.

A doctor’s service would be made available at every school. It has been decided that at least one doctor should be appointed at every school. \Homeo tablets prescribed by the AYUSH department would be distributed to students.

A mega sanitisation drive would be held at schools from October 20 to 30.

Students who are enrolled at the schools that do not have basic amenities would be transferred to nearby schools.

The Parent-Teacher Associations in the schools would be reorganised if necessary.

These decisions were taken at a meeting held by Minister V Sivankutty with the officials, various organizations and elected representatives.

Sivankutty met representatives of teachers, students, labourers, youth organizations, mayors, district panchayat presidents and district education officers at the meeting.

PTA funds could be utilised for maintenance works in the schools, the Minister said.

Meanwhile, a meeting with the district collectors has been called on Tuesday.

Education Principal Secretary APM Muhammad Hanish and Director K Babu too had attended the meeting.

Meanwhile, colleges and other higher educational institutions in Kerala reopened on Monday after remaining closed for over one-and-a-half years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schools are scheduled to function again from November 1.  

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