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Schools asked to form Student Safety and Security Monitoring Committees

Kolkata: In a bid to ensure safety and security of students across the state, the School Education department has directed the district inspectors of both primary and secondary schools across the state to constitute a Student Safety and Security Monitoring Committee (SSMC) in every school. The notification issued by the principal secretary of School Education Dushyant Nariala instructs that the school authorities should take all steps for prevention of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria and hence should keep the school campus neat and clean and free from waterlogging.
The SSMC at the primary level will have the headmaster as the chairman, a female/ male teacher, two guardians and invitee members from Health/ Fire/ Police department. The SSMC in the secondary level will have the headmaster as the chairman, a female/male teacher, president of the school managing committee, two guardians and invitee member from Health/ Police department. Details of the committee along with the contact details should be displayed on the school notice board and website for the information of all concerned. The committee should hold meetings bi-monthly.
The 15-point directive also states that midday meal should be served to the students only after being tested by the headmaster/ teacher in-charge or teacher approved for this . "All preventive measures should be taken in the process of cooking and in serving or transportation of midday meal," a senior official of the department said.
Nariala further directed testing of drinking water from water testing labs of state Public Health & Engineering department clearly stating that necessary remedial action should be taken as per the result in water testing report. A protection mechanism should be in place to ensure student safety from cyber threats and cyber crime. It should be ensured that students are protected from dangerous online games and are safe while taking selfies.
There should be separate toilets for boys, girls, school employees and visitors. "The schools have also been instructed to install CCTV cameras wherever possible and ensure that they are in working condition all the time.
"Legal steps including revocation of No Objection Certificate issued by the department may be taken if gross violation of these guidelines are noticed," an official said.
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