Sunday, November 1, 2020

SOP ALONG WITH IEC/BCC PROTOCOL’S WHILE FERRYING SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN USING SCHOOL BUSES / AUTO RICKSHAWS


FERRYING SCHOOL GOING CHILDREN USING SCHOOL BUSES / AUTO RICKSHAWS

School management shall encourage students to walk or bike to school or catch rides with their parents/ guardians. In cases where students are being ferrying using school buses following guidelines shall be followed

School bus maintenance:

1. School buses shall be disinfected 1 hour before embarking in the morning and after disembarking in the afternoon. Regular disinfection of equipment such as turnstiles ,handrails, steering wheel dashboard ,arm rests ,head restraints etc,. with 1% sodium hypo chlorite solution / disinfectants shall be done.

2. The school bus shall be equipped with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters, as they could potentially help reduce the transmission of the coronavirus.

3. Markings shall be affixed / painted on seats to show students where to sit ensuring one student only shall occupy in each row of seats. While seating their shall be a seat gap between two students at any period of time during the entire journey.

4. Plexiglass barriers shall be installed around drivers seat separating driver from students.

5. Windows shall be kept open and air conditioning shall not be used in order to maximise the ventilation.

6. Assign attendant to enforce social distancing in the bus during ride and to Keep students logs to enable contact tracing if someone test positive for COVID 19

7. It is advisable to assign single driver to same bus and same routes to minimise groups of people mingling. Route map shall be displayed in the bus.

8. Posters of COVID appropriate behaviour shall be affixed inside the vehicle and out side the vehicle at conspicuous places.

Measures to be taken while transportation of students in school buses :

1. Parents and carers must be advised that students must not board school buses if they, or a member of their household, has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

2. All students must wear masks and face Shields.

3. Screening shall be done before boarding the bus by way of thermal screening or asking symptom based questionnaire.

4. Students shall board the vehicles only after hand sanitisation.

5. Appropriate queuing or other arrangements shall be followed while picking up and dropping off students to ensure they are able maintain distancing when waiting for, boarding and alighting from school bus.only one person at a time shall be allowed to enter the bus in a queue duly maintaining 6 feet distance between successive students.

6. “First in, last out” principle shall be followed with those children getting on first seated at the rear of the bus so that the bus is filled from the back to the front in the mornings and, on the return journey from school, each student returns to the same seat that they used in the morning

7. Students should not stand up or move around on the vehicle.

8. School management / parents shall train students on “good respiratory hygiene” . Students should be encouraged to carry tissues and disposed of in a covered bin.

9. Drivers and Attendants should use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser at intervals throughout the journey, and should always do so after performing tasks such as helping a child into the vehicle or handling a child’s belongings.

10. luggage shall be allowed to be kept in luggage carriers only after Sanitisation and proper spacing shall be maintained
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