The decision to reopen educational institutes has naturally got many parents worried because of the steep rise in the number of positive coronavirus cases in India. Moreover, the fact that several studies have shown how children may be less susceptible to catching severe Covid-19 when compared to adults, once infected they can be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, only adds to the concern.
On the decision to reopen higher educational institutions, health experts have advised everyone to practice caution since strict measures will have to be in place to ensure that institutes do not become COVID clusters. The Ministry of Health has laid out clear guidelines and they are as followed:
Conduct of teaching activities in the classroom
The seating arrangement should be made in a way that there is a 6 feet difference between chair and desks.
All the classroom activities should be staggered with separate time slots to ensure that there is adequate physical distancing and the classrooms are disinfected properly.
The academic schooling should be a mix of online training and classroom teaching.
The administration has to ensure that the children and the faculty wear masks all the time when they are classroom.
Sharing of items like notebooks, laptops and stationery among children should be avoided.
For laboratory and workshops
All the equipment should be disinfected before each use.
The administration must ensure that a floor area of 4 m sq. per person is available for working on each equipment and workstation.
Before and after using the equipment everyone must sanitise their hands.
For activities in common areas
Everyone must maintain a physical distance of 6 feet.
People must be in the mask all the time when using the common areas.
Canteens will remain close as far as possible.
Digital mode of payment must be promoted and cash transactions must be avoided.
Hygiene and sanitisation
The floors must be cleaned properly and daily.
Toilets must have soap and hand sanitizers must be made available in all the common areas.
The floor of the class must be properly cleaned and disinfected before and after the class.
Teaching materials like a computer should be regularly disinfected
Deep cleaning of all drinking and hand sanitising stations, washrooms and lavatories must be ensured.
Students and staff must dispose of the mask in separate bins placed in the classroom and common areas.
Tips to prevent the risk of infection
Besides, the ministry also issued some guidelines to spread awareness among the students and staff for safety.
The administration must create awareness to ensure that the students do not gather when leaving the institute and their free time.
They must encourage the staff and students to proper coughing etiquettes, personal hygiene and the wearing of masks
Ensure regular counselling of students reporting mental health issues
In case anyone falls sick he or she must not come to institute and follow necessary protocols.