In the wake of opening of schools in Ganderbal district after closure due to Covid-19 pandemic followed by winter vacations, a workshop on COVID SOPs was held today at Conference Hall, Mini Secretariat here.The workshop was presided over by the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ganderbal, Shafqat Iqbal and Director School Education Kashmir, Mohammad Younis Malik.The programme was organized by District Administration Ganderbal in collaboration with the School Education Department.During the workshop, the participants were sensitized through a PowerPoint presentation about the SOPs, precautions and safety measures to be taken following reopening of schools.Speaking on the occasion, DC stressed upon the concerned to get ready to re-energise the education process and allied activities in schools in view of possible opening up of schools after the yearlong Covid pandemic crisis.
Highlighting the consequences of COVID pandemic on education, the DC said that this programme is providing an opportunity for revisiting the school safety programme from a Covid-19 perspective and urged upon the teachers to come up with innovative measures to ensure safe re-opening of schools.Director School Education Kashmir while highlighting the aim and objective of the programme said that it is aimed at developing complete SOPs on School Safety including Covid-19 infections; prevention and control, safe re-opening of schools, school safety adding that this program is an initiative to ensure safety of all children and School teachers, besides starting school activities.Meanwhile CMO Ganderbal briefed the participants about the precautions to be taken for reopening of schools. He said it is the duty of one and all to ensure that all children are safe whether in school or out of school.Among others, the workshop was attended by CMO Ganderbal, Principal DIET Ganderbal, DHO, Dy. CEO, ZEOs, Principals of Hr. Sec. Schools, Headmasters, representatives of private schools of Ganderbal and other concerned.