Amid Intense Heatwave, Centre Issues Advisory For Schools
As per the Education Ministry guidelines, the school can open from 7 am onwards, and the school hours may also be reduced
Amid the intense heatwave that are grappling the country, the central government on Wednesday, May 11 issued a health advisory for schools. As per the Education Ministry guidelines, the school can open from 7 am onwards, and the school hours may also be reduced. The students are advised to carry their own water bottles, caps and umbrellas. "The schools should ensure availability of sufficient potable water at multiple places preferably at temperature lower than that of surroundings."
The centre's advisory instructed teachers to remind students to sip water from their water bottles. "hile going back home, schools must ensure that students are carrying water in their bottles. Students should be made aware of the importance of proper hydration to combat the heat wave and advised to drink sufficient water at regular interval," read the guidelines. READ MORE | Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Meets School Principals To Raise Education Standard In The State
The schools having school bus/ van as transportation facilities should monitor that the school bus/ van should not be over-crowded and the water/ first-kit should be available there. "Students coming to school on foot/bicycle should be advised to keep their head covered. Parents should be sensitised to pick-up the students themselves, to the extent possible, to avoid public transport and minimise their time out in the sun," it read.
The advisory asked schools to serve hot-cooked meals under PM POSHAN. "Children carrying tiffins may be advised not to carry food that can turn stale quickly. Canteens in schools should ensure that fresh and healthy food is served," the release read. ALSO READ | Truncated School Hours In Jharkhand’s Ranchi District Due To Summer Heat
The classrooms should contain fans and schools should have availability of alternate power back up. "If any local traditional practices are being followed by the school to keep the surroundings cool such as ‘khus’ curtains, bamboo/jute chiks etc., they may be continued," it read.
The schools are advised to relax the uniform norms such as neck ties and should be allowed to wear loose and light coloured cotton material dress. "Canvas shoes may be allowed instead of leather shoes. Students may be advised to preferably wear full-sleeve shirt," it mentioned.
As May and June are considered as exam months, the centre also released a detail guidelines to be followed at exam centre. The students may be allowed to bring their own transparent water bottle in the examination hall. "Examination centres should ensure availability of potable drinking water which is easily accessible to the candidates at the centres. Examination Centres should ensure that the candidates are promptly supplied water when asked for at their seats in the examination hall Examination halls may be provided with fans," as per the guidelines. The waiting area should contain facilities of provision of water.
Centre's Heat Wave Guidelines For Schools: Do's and Dont's
- Drink sufficient water- even if not thirsty
- Use ORS (Oral Rehydration solution), homemade drink like lassi, torani (rice water), lemon water, butter milk, etc. to keep yourself hydrated
- Wear lightweight, light coloured, loose, cotton clothes
- Cover your head by using cloth, hat or umbrella, etc
- Stay indoor as much as possible.
- Do not go outside on an empty stomach or after consuming heavy food
- Avoid going out in the sun, especially in the afternoon if not required
- Avoid strenuous activities when outside in the afternoon
- Do not go outside barefoot
- Do not eat junk/stale/spicy food.
The schools, and students are advised to follow the advisories, as mentioned by the Education Ministry.