Govt announces 4-tier COVID-19 monitoring mechanism

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Srinagar: The School Education Department on Thursday constituted a four-tier COVID-19 monitoring team to make certain observance of prescribed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in schools.

A local news agency, Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has learnt among the four-tier COVID-19 monitoring team, Joint Director central and north have been asked to keep a tab on Srinagar and Ganderbal districts.

For the Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama districts, JD south has been designated to monitor the situation, JD Samagra Shiksha has been asked to monitor the Kupwara, Bandipora and Baramulla districts and PO has been directed to monitor the adherence of COVID-19 SOPs in Budgam district.

Besides the four-tier monitoring team, the School Education Department in the order has said that the District Institute of Educational Trainings (DIET’s) along with the DRGs shall also formulate monitoring teams.

The government has directed the four-tier monitoring team to ensure frequent cleanliness and disinfection of school infrastructure and equipment, proper waste management, wearing of a mask, and maintenance of hand hygiene by students and teachers

It also said that the concerned officials have been asked to ensure maintaining of physical distance of 2 meters by students and teachers at all places in the school (Inside the classroom, in the ground, in corridors, at stairs, entry and exit points, during mid-day meals, presence of handwashing stations, separate toilet facilities soaps and sanitizers in the school).

The government also said that there should be a ban on congregations in schools that is the discouragement of sharing of student’s belongings, meals etcetera and sanitization of school transport and maintain physical distance and other COVID-19 SOPs during commuting of students and ensuring mental wellbeing of students. (KNO)

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