Back to school | Remember to follow these guidelines

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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister Veena George has said that the health department is ready to address any issue as students return to school on Monday.

"The health department is prepared to address any physical, or mental issues faced either by students, teachers or parents. Teachers and parents should also ensure the mental well-being of the children, along with their physical fitness,” she added.

In case of any issue, contact health worker or Disha via these numbers 104, 1056, 0471 2552056, 2551056 or eSanjeevani. Teachers should frequently remind the students about the preventive measures to be taken against Covid. Through students, awareness can be imparted to that many families as well. The Minister extended her greetings to all the students who are set to return to schools after a long hiatus.

As even little children in class 1 will be coming to schools, the health department and education department held frequent discussions with the other departments to prepare the guidelines. Schools can be better run if there is good coordination between parents and teachers.

If every school functions according to the guidelines, a strong shield can be built against COVID-19. It can also protect children from many other diseases.

Do not forget these:
Conduct classes only as per bio-bubble.
» Only those in each bio-bubble should go to schools on that particular day.
» Those with symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, cold or is on the Covid contact list should not go to school.
» Always wear a mask when you step out of your home.
»Use double mask or N-95 masks.
» Properly wear the masks - ensure that the mouth and nose are completely covered.
» Do not pull down your masks while talking at school or on the way to school.
» After having food, it is better to use a new mask.
» Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth without first cleaning your hands
» Windows and doors of classrooms should be kept open as closed spaces can lead to faster disease transmission.
» Intervals should not be at the same time and crowding around should be avoided.
» Study materials, food, and drinking water should not be shared with others
» The biggest risk for disease transmission is while having food. Instead of eating food together, some students should have food at a time while maintaining a distance of 2 meters. Do not talk while eating.
» Wash hands with soap and water or use sanitiser after going to the washroom.
» Practical classes should be held for small groups.
» Equipment that may be used by more than one student should be disinfected after each child's use.
» Schools should keep a register. The names of staff and students with symptoms should be recorded in the register and monitored regularly.
» The services of a local doctor should be ensured at every school.
» If any symptoms are noticed in a student or staff, contact the nearest healthcare centre.
» The telephone numbers to be contacted in case of medical emergency should be displayed at the office.
» People, other than students and staff, should be discouraged from visiting the institution.
» As soon as you are back home, take a bath and only then interact with your family members.
»Do not leave used masks and clothes lying around. Should be washed using soap.

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