Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Following the summer vacation, schools across Odisha will reopen on June 17. The School and Mass Education Department has issued a notification to all the schools in this regard. 

The department has directed all the schools to make necessary preparations for the reopening of the educational institutions. All the teachers and staff including cooks and helpers have been directed to join the school before one day of reopening. 

As per the notification, all the classrooms, toilets and campus should be cleaned before the reopening of the schools. It has also been directed to ensure the cutting of bushes (if any), cleaning of overhead tanks and proper arrangement of furniture.

Moreover, the department has directed for cleaning of the kitchen, utensils and gas stoves for safe use during midday meals. Schools have also been asked to discard the expired condiments for cooking, to keep smart classrooms and e-library in ready condition for the students.

The authorities have been directed to ensure internet connection before one week and make safe drinking water available for all the students. In the case of the central kitchen, the authority concerned has been directed to contact much before for serving of midday meal on the opening day as per menu. 

Notably, the Odisha government had closed the schools for summer vacation from April 25. The announcement was made ahead of the scheduled summer vacation due to the severe heat wave conditions across the State.

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