Pune: Question Mark On Reopening Of Schools From Nov 23 As PMC Issues Another Checklist For Schools  

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Pune, November 20, 2020: Schools for classes from 9th to 12th are all set to reopen in Pune from 23rd November following Maharashtra state government order and instruction from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). However, today PMC issued another set of the checklist which the schools have to comply before they reopen.

“The PMC has prepared a checklist for schools which they have to strictly follow. Team of PMC officials will visit the school before it opens and will check the required infrastructure to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) and unless the team gives green signal schools can’t open. Till then, the schools have to make arrangement for online classes so that the students’ academic activity is not affected”, said PMC Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal. 

The checklist issued by the PMC today are as follows:

  1. Ward Medical Officer (WMO) has to inspect schools to check whether arrangements of thermal scanner/gun, pulse oxymeter, thermometer, soap, sanitisation etc are there or not. A report has to be submitted to the PMC secondary education officer
  2. School administration has to make arrangements for the sanitisation of the school vans
  3. Zonal Medical Officer and Ward Medical Officer have to certify that all the teachers have submitted their RT-PCR COVID test report of the (government) lab to the school
  4. School administration and supervisor (secondary education) has to ensure that adequate markings for physical distance in staff room and classrooms are there. One student per bench is allowed as per his/her name on the bench
  5. School administration and supervisor (secondary education) to certify that there are awareness posters, stickers about the use of mask, maintaining physical distance, on the walls. Also, there should be arrow marks for exit/entry at the schools. Markings to maintain six feet distance while standing in the queue 
  6. Head of the school has to obtain the consent of parents of the students who will attend the classes. Supervisor of secondary education has to certify that consent has been obtained. 
  7. Supervisor of secondary education has to check whether school premises is being sanitised every day or not. Also, check whether adequate arrangements for sanitisation of toilets are there or not.
  8. Supervisor of secondary education has to check whether school vans are being sanitised two-times a day or not. Also, check whether adequate arrangements are there for sanitisation of the vans or not.
  9. School administration has to ensure that classes are not held in closed classrooms. All doors, windows have to be kept open. 

Check Guidelines For Schools In Pune Before They Reopen