Srinagar: The J&K government has released new Covid-19 guidelines, including one requiring ‘parental or legal guardian consent’ for 10th and 12th grade students to take exams in Jammu and Kashmir.
The board’s offline exams for 12th and 10th grade have been allowed to take place in a staggered fashion taking into account all standards of social distancing and appropriate Covid behavior.
All relevant institutions have been urged to ensure that all students going to the exam location carry a consent for each exam duly signed by their parents / legal guardians.
“Disinfection of the examination room, furniture and toilets should be carried out daily before and after exams,” reads the new guidelines issued by the chief secretary (chairman of the state executive committee.
Seating arrangements should be made in such a way that every other desk is left vacant to maintain physical distance, with the order providing the guidelines read the order.
Vaccination of teachers, staff and officials involved in conducting the exam with the cooperation of the district administration will be made compulsory, he said.
“There should be a thermal scanner, pulse oximeter, first aid kits and hand sanitizers at the exam location.”
All students taking the exam must wear masks and a suitable accommodation must be provided by the institution concerned, according to the directives.
“Separate facilities should be provided for students with symptoms such as cough, cold and flu. “
It will be the responsibility of the board authorities and the school principal to ensure that the Covid protocols are strictly adhered to, he added.
With regard to educational establishments and other authorized activities, the government has adopted the previous guidelines.
Among other things, the Deputy Commissioners will continue to focus on the positivity rates of the medical blocks under their jurisdiction. “Intensified measures related to the management of Covid and the restriction of activities will be undertaken in these blocks. There will be renewed attention to the mapping of cases at the Panchayat level and effective micro-containment zones will be established whenever an unusual spike in cases is noticed. “
The effectiveness of micro-containment zones must be decided on the basis of the number of cases reported in these zones, says the order. “DCs should actively monitor positivity rates in blocks and consider implementing more stringent control measures in closed grouped spaces such as public / private offices, community halls, malls, bazaars, etc. ., in case the weekly positivity rate exceeds 4% in these Blocks.
The protocol of the three T’s of test, follow-up and treatment, in addition to vaccination, must be reinforced in all blocks, we read later. “The proportion of RT-PCR tests in the total mix should be increased at best. “
All J&K districts must step up efforts to ensure the timely administration of the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination in accordance with the due date for it, he added.