Himansu Shekhar Rout

Wary of the heat wave conditions in Odisha as forecast by weathermen, the School and Mass Education department has directed all schools to strictly implement a water bell system to keep students and teachers hydrated.

The department issued a letter on Thursday to the district education officers and the block education officers to ensure the implementation of the system this summer. 

As per the direction, a bell will be rung thrice during school hours – at 8.30 am, 10am and 11am to remind students that they should drink water to stay hydrated amid heat wave and sultry conditions.

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Teachers have been asked to see if all students are drinking water at the stipulated time.

Usually, the rise in temperatures can trigger dehydration, which can affect nutrient transport, joint health and energy levels in the body. Amid heat wave conditions, proper intake of water regulates temperature and organ function in the body. 

The system is also aimed at encouraging students to inculcate the habit of drinking water even after school hours.