Schools Issued ‘Zero Tolerance’ For Any Violation

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New Delhi: The Delhi government has issued schools a 117-point checklist to ensure the safety of students on school premises and warned there will be “zero tolerance” for any violation.

The checklist, including everything from toilets to cyber security, has been prepared in the wake of the brutal killing of a schoolboy in a Gurgaon school and the rape of a minor girl by a school attendant in Delhi, officials said.

“The checklist has been designed to encapsulate the minimum standards of school safety to emphasize zero tolerance against any violation in this regard. Practical implementation and monitoring has been kept in mind,” a senior official of the Directorate of Education (DoE) said. Among the points listed are school safety committees, monthly safety walks to identify loopholes in security on the premises, securing boundary walls with grills, CCTV surveillance, maintaining records of every person entering the school and restricting visitors.

“All toilets should be well lit and have an easy release lock from inside and no lock on the outside. No male staff will be deployed in toilets for primary classes. There should be no deployment of male staff in toilets for primary classes and all toilet visits of students up to Class 2 will be supervised by a woman caretaker,” the guidelines stated.

The guidelines were issued to all schools in the national capital.The government has also directed that if children are to stay back after school hours for co-curricular activities, then a written consent will be required from their parents. The activities will also be supervised by at least two teachers.Visits to laboratories, sports rooms, auditoriums, libraries, computer rooms, gymnasiums, assembly halls and the like will be under the direct supervision of respective teachers.

Schools have also been asked to ensure that cyber security is in accordance with existing cyber and IT laws. This includes the installation of firewall, filtering and monitoring mechanisms in all computers on the school premises, regular reviews of filtering and blocking policies and procedures to ensure that children use computers under the supervision of teachers.