COVID-19: Jharkhand government asks schools to suspend morning prayers and sports activities

COVID-19 in Jharkhand: Given the increasing cases of Kovid-19 in some states of the country, the School Education and Literacy Department of Jharkhand has asked schools to suspend morning prayer meetings, cultural programs and sports-related activities. The authorities announced this on Monday. The Department of School Education and Literacy has issued a new COVID-19 guidance for schools in Jharkhand in light of increasing cases of the pandemic in some states. According to an official publication, the new guidelines require schools to conduct regular health checks in coordination with the nearest health centers. Apart from this, the district administration has been instructed to ensure that the students and teachers are tested for COVID-19 without any predetermined order (random).

Morning meetings, cultural programs and sports activities remain suspended in schools, the press release said. In a letter to all deputy commissioners, district education officials and district education inspectors, Rajesh Kumar Sharma, secretary of the Ministry of School Education and Literacy, has asked them to follow the COVID-19 guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease.

The secretary expressed concern, saying: “The infection rate of Kovid-19 has been increasing in many states of the country over the past 15 days, which is worrying. At such times, it is imperative to ensure that all necessary priority-level initiatives are taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in government schools. Under the guidelines, schools have been asked to sanitize school buildings, classrooms, labs, library and others with a one percent sodium hypochlorite solution before commencing academic activities and to thoroughly sanitize the facility every 15 days.

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The guidelines state that the rule of mask and social distance must be followed. Provide both doses of Kovid vaccine to all academic and non-academic workers. In consultation with the GGD, arrangements must be made for the vaccination of pupils aged 12 and 18 years. According to the bulletin issued by the Ministry of Health on April 23, 21 patients of Kovid-19 are being treated in Jharkhand.

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