As Covid-19 cases surge in the state of Karnataka, Covid-19 clusters have been reported in several schools across the state, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in an order dated June 16th, has asked schools in the state to shut for two-three days if more than 10 students are infected with Covid-19 or show Covid-19 symptoms, reported Indian Express.
A series of standard operating procedures (SOPs) has been laid down by the DPI to be followed by the schools. The school authorities and deputy commissioners in every districts were instructed to take up preventive health measures amidst the rising Covid-19 cases in Karnataka.
The DPI also instructed that if more than ten people show symptoms of Covid-19 or are infected with the virus then the school authorities, including the principal and staff, and health officials should make sure that the school is sanitised thoroughly. The DPI also stated that if a student is infected with Covid-19, he/she need not attend physical classes and can apply for holidays only for a few days, the DPI has stated. To ensure there is no learning loss, the loss of classes will be compensated in the coming government holidays, reported Indian Express.
The DPI also asked the school authorities to ensure that their students of age 12-14 are vaccinated and all students should be instructed to bring hot water from home.
After a cluster outbreak where 31 students from two schools in Dasarahalli zone in Bengaluru tested positive for Covid-19, the state has been on high alert. On Thursday, Karnataka logged 833 new Covid-19 cases, taking the active caseload to 4,371. The weekly positivity rate was 3.47 per cent. Bengaluru registered 791 new Covid-19 cases. The city has an active case tally of 4,199, reported Indian Express.