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Unlock after Lockdown is the new normal. True to say that the lockdown has unlocked the multifaceted potential of reforms in the educational sector. Online classes have rescued the sector from the worst. However, education, the backbone of the civilization can not go on like it forever. Sooner or later, we'll have to go in for regular classes. News channels are speculating somewhere between September to December. Moreover administering the vaccine to the whole planent is also not a cak walk. Opening of educational institutions before will be the most crucial factor if the vaccine is not out in the market by then.
It puts extra responsibility on the shoulders of the educators. There are aprehensions about rapid increase in the number of Corona patients as soon as the educational institutions start functioning. Now it is the turn of the Educatotors, to be a knowledge warrior amid Corona pendamic. WHO has issued guidelines and checklist which is a must. However, such things should not be considered to be ultimate. Institutions must take such things to be minimum and must enforce the highest standards of safety possible.
Teachers, the think tank of the nation have to follow adaquate Promote and demonstrate regular hand washing and positive hygiene behaviors and monitor their uptake. The virus spreads through touch, body fluids and air ( at least 5-6 feet, however some reports have talked about the presence of the virus in the air even at the distance of 20 feet.) Thus organisations have to ensure adequate procedures , clean and separate toilets for girls and boys. Soap and safe water has to be available at the age-appropriate hand washing stations. Effective procedures have to be enforced so that frequent and thorough washing (at least 20 seconds) in the appropriate manner can be ensured. Hand sanitizers have to be made accessible near toilets, corridors, classrooms, all the halls, and near every entry/ exit point.
Inspite of easy availability of clean toilets in private schools, they must ensure sanitization after eveery use. Clean and disinfect school building, classrooms water points and sanitation facilities are a must, particularly the surfaces that are frequently touched (railings, lunch tables, sports equipment, toys, teaching and learning aids etc.) If possible doors should be kept open so that door handles are not touched frequently. Windows can also be kept either shut or open as per the convenience. Appropriate equipment for cleaning staff has to be made available. Sodium hypochlorite at 0.5% (equivalent 5000ppm) should be used for disinfecting surfaces. 70% ethyl alcohol can be used for disinfection of small items. Increased air flow and ventilation as per climatic convenience must be ensured. (open windows, use air conditioning where available, etc.) Organisations must put signs encouraging good hand and respiratory hygiene practices. Trash must removed daily and disposed of safely. The most tricky part of the problem is the fact that the educational institutions within the containment zones will still not function. Moreover the teaching, non-teaching staff and students located inside the containment zones will also not be able to attend the classes. Finally while fighting against we must be cautious about over enthusiasm.
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