Bhubaneswar:The School and Mass Education Departement of Odisha today issued special guidelines to all schools across the state. Following the special guidelines, the identity proof has been made mandatory for visitors to enter school premises.
During access to school campus:
No vendors should be allowed into the premises during school hours. Teachers should strictly adhere to the ‘no meeting’ policy during school hours with visitors. All visitors should be given a photo ID, subsequent to which they should be issued a visitor’s pass to be worn during their stay in the campus of the schools. Parents, guardians, house-help and drivers should not be allowed to enter or leave the school premises without showing their identity. Vendor vehicles and staff cars should be checked at the entry / exit point of the school. All support staff should be frisked by the school security both at arrival and at departure.
Safety measures to be ensured during school hours:
Teachers should be allotted duties to monitor traffic in the morning as well as break and lunch. This ensures that the children are under surveillance at all the times. The administrative staff should take periodic rounds of the washrooms, lunch areas, class rooms and open spaces during and after school hours. CCTV cameras to be installed at strategic locations and monitored throughout the day by responsible persons. A head count of students from the campus or at the time of alighting from the bus at the designated stop should be strictly against the presentation of the identity card by the student, the gate pass by the attendant or the parent. Gate passes should be issued for any change of mode of transport or if the identity card is not available. This should only be done against a note sent by the parent. Students who need to leave the school premises during school hours are to be handed over to the parents or the authorized person after proper verification. All contractual staff to be hired only after thorough antecedent check and identity verification through Voter I Card or Adhar Card etc. Police verification IS also to be carried out for such staff. To generate awareness among school children to avoid enticement from strangers. Washroom should be separate for students and staff. Ayahs (women caretakers) to accompany kids to washrooms or do rotation duty in front of wash rooms . School Buses : The buses may be fitted with CCTV cameras and GPS system to track their location. There should be teachers on duty in school buses. Female attendants should be on duty in every bus and should be present till the last stop. Security guards are to be sent on all school trips in junior school. They should also accompany staff and students, if the timing so requires (early morning or late evening). The antecedent of the bus driver and cleaner /helper should be verified by the school authority through police verification. Vehicle engaged by the school authority for transport of children should have valid permit, fitness certificate duly issued by the competent authority. In view of the expediency, the school authorities have been directed by School & Mass Education Department to take immediate steps for implementation of the safety measures for the school children.