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RANCHI : The State education department in Jharkhand has instructed all all districts to conduct Covid-19 tests at schools. This comes as Covid-19 cases have started rising in Jharkhand schools. 

The education department also instructed districts to follow proper protocol if any student is found positive for Covid-19. “Gatherings, cultural programs barred", said the notice. 

The Secretary of Education Dept (Jharkhand) Rajesh Kumar Sharma on Monday made the announcements. The School Education and Literacy department has issued a fresh Covid-19 guideline for schools in Jharkhand in the light of rising Covid-19 cases in some states.

The education department further notified schools to suspend morning assembly, cultural programmes and sports activities, officials said on Monday.

As per the new guideline, the schools have been asked to conduct health checkups on a regular basis in coordination with nearest health centres and district administrations have been directed to ensure random Covid-19 test of students and teachers. Morning assembly, cultural programmes and sports activity will remain suspended in schools, an official release said.

Sharma in a letter to all deputy commissioners, district education officers and district superintendents of education, has asked them to follow Covid-19 guidelines in a bid to restrict the spread of the disease.

Expressing concern, the secretary said, “An increase in the infection rate of Covid-19 is being seen in many states of the country for the past 15 days, which is worrying. At such a time, it is imperative to ensure all necessary initiatives at the priority level to prevent the infection of Covid-19 in the state-run schools."

The schools have been asked to sanitise school premises, classrooms, laboratories, library and others with 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite solution before beginning of educational activities and complete sanitization of the institution every 15 days.

The protocol of mask and social distancing must be followed. Double doses of Covid vaccine must be ensured for all teaching and non-teaching staff. Arrangements for vaccination of students in the age group of 12 and 18 years should be ensured in coordination with the health department.

According to the Health Department bulletin released on 23 April, there are a total of 21 active Covid-19 cases in Jharkhand. 

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