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Reporting Covid case: School in Vadodara gets notice over delay

The school, in a statement on Wednesday, said that the parents had informed the school that the student had tested positive on Sunday, following which, teachers of the class underwent a Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test and tested negative.

By: Express News Service | Vadodara |
Updated: December 16, 2021 7:57:12 am
A student of Class 8-E, who attended an offline session last week, tested positive along with a family member, the school authorities said. (Representational Image)

The Vadodara District Education Officer on Wednesday issued a notice to a private school in the city for “delay in reporting a Covid case” in the school, following which offline sessions for the particular batch have been suspended for seven days till Friday.

According to the principal of Navrachna school in Sama, a student of Class 8 tested positive on Sunday, following which the school decided to suspend offline sessions for one batch for four days.

On Wednesday, after the school confirmed that a student of Class 8 had tested positive on Sunday, DEO Navneet Mehta issued a notice to the school for delayed reporting of the case to the authorities.

The DEO also issued a standing instruction to other schools to follow Covid guidelines and also ensure that the authorities are kept informed about any cases.

In a statement on Wednesday, Navrachna school said that the parents of the student had informed them about the student testing positive, following which, teachers of the class underwent Rapid Antigen Test, reports of which were negative.

The student had attended an offline session on December 10 before testing positive along with a family member, the school authorities said.

On Wednesday, Suprabha Menon, principal of Navrachna School, Sama, issued a statement that said, “On Sunday, December 12, 2021, we were informed by the parent of one of our students that the student and his family member tested positive for Covid-19. As a precautionary measure and with abundant caution, offline classes for that class have been suspended for four days. However, online classes continue. The child and his family member are home quarantined with mild infection and are doing well. No new cases have been reported.”

Offline classes for the batch of 28 students of the particular class were suspended from Friday four days and were to resume on Thursday.

Menon told The Indian Express. “We have received the notice of the DEO. We are taking all precautions as per the guidelines. The school had suspended the classes for the batch for four days since Friday, when the student last attended the class but now, with the instruction from the DEO, we will remain closed for seven days. So the offline class will resume on Friday,” the principal said.

According to Menon, the student who tested Covid positive did not have any recent history of travel. “The school adheres to all Covid guidelines. We will continue to be alert and responsible…,” Menon added.

With regular Covid cases being reported from the age group of one to 20 years, Gujarat Medical Education Research Society (GMERS)-run Gotri hospital has prepared a paediatric Covid ward with ventilator beds with a capacity of 10 admissions.

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