Berhampur, June 12 (LocalWire): The Ganjam district administration has ordered all schools to conduct safety audits before they re-open on June 19, after the two-month summer vacation.
While no school in the district has reported any major damage due to Fani, the audit and cleanliness drive is aimed to ensure the safety of the students since the extremely severe cyclone that hit Puri on May 3 had passed through the region, sources in the district administration office said.
School premises, including classrooms, libraries, laboratories, toilets, storerooms, and gardens must be cleaned before the re-opening of the schools to ensure that it is free from any poisonous insect and other similar threats, the order from the district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange said.
The district collector has written letters to block development officers asking them to ensure that the cleanliness drive is completed at least two days before the schools re-open.
“We have asked the school authorities to open the schools two days ahead of the actual day so that they can undertake the cleaning drive, and conduct safety audit to ensure the safety of the students,” district education officer (DEO) Sanatan Panda said.
He further informed that all school staff, including teaching and non-teaching staffs, have been asked to participate in this drive.
The administration has also asked the authorities to get a safety certificate for all physical structures of the schools after a thorough inspection by technical staff and ensure that hygiene standards for kitchen-shed, the stock of rice and others are met for the mid-day meal (MDM) scheme, Kulange said.
Besides, the school management has also been asked to ensure that assured minimum facilities, including drinking water, electricity, clean and functional separate toilets for boys and girls with proper water facilities are provided for in every school, he said.