Vikash Sharma

The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) forecast for a rise in day temperature has now prompted the Odisha School and Mass Education Department to direct officials to take appropriate measures for tackling heat wave.

In a letter, the department suggested several preventive measures that need to be undertaken by all Directors and District Education Officers (DEOs) to tackle the heat wave situation during the summer season.

The department has asked the officials to ensure that the guidelines of the SRC issued on February 21 are followed in government, government-aided and private schools in the state

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In Schools, Colleges and other Academic/ Technical institutions, extra care has to be taken to ensure availability of drinking water. Wherever required, tube wells inside the school campus may be repaired to ensure uninterrupted drinking water supply.

Sufficient ORS are also to be kept in Schools, Colleges and provided to students/ staff requiring the same.

Outdoor activities have to be restricted so as the students not to be exposed to heat wave condition.

All the parents should be sensitized to ensure that their children carry a water bottle while going to school/ college.

Schools may also be advised to allocate some time during school hours to give heat wave precautionary tips to the students.

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