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Covid-19 surge: DMs asked to take call on physical classes in schools

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Jammu: Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in different parts of Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory administration has asked district magistrates to take a call on the continuation of physical classes in schools in their areas, considering students’ safety.
The J&K administration issued the direction after dozens of students and teachers tested positive for coronavirus in different districts, mostly in Anantnag, Kulgam and Budgam over the past couple of days.
All district magistrates / District Disaster Management Authorities’ chairmen in J&K shall take a call on the continuation of academic activities i.e. physical classes or online classes in their respective jurisdictions, keeping in view the safety of students and present trend of Covid-19 pandemic in different districts, a government order said on Friday.
The order, issued by Deputy Secretary Umesh Sharma of the School Education Department, said the chief education officer and other authorities would assist district magistrates in taking such decisions.
The order referred to the earlier government orders and guidelines on Covid-19 containment measures and said it has been observed that the surge of the pandemic has wide variation among districts.
Meanwhile, authorities on Friday announced the closure of three educational institutions in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district for a period of three days with effect from Friday as a precautionary measure in wake of the Covid-19 positive contacts.
An official said that as per the communication received from District Administration Bandipora, the schools including Higher Secondary School Gadkhud, High School Chewa and (IDPS) School Bandipora shall remain closed for three days as per covid-19 protocol.
However, concerned schools shall ensure testing and sampling of staff and students as per the directions from Covid Control Room, which will be shared as soon as communicated by the Health department.
He said that these Schools have been closed after some close contacts of previous Covid-19 positive patients were found.
On last Wednesday, the authorities ordered closure of a Government Higher Secondary School in Kaloosa locality of the district after a Lecturer at the School tested positive for COVID-19.

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