Updated: February 15, 2021 9:24:27 am
A school in Pune was shut down and over 400 students put under home quarantine after a secondary school teacher from Kondhwa’s Sri Sant Gadge Maharaj School tested positive for coronavirus. This is the first such case after schools reopened in the city, after being shut for almost 10 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The school has since been sanitised, and 12 teachers have undergone RT-PCR tests. Their test reports are awaited.
PMC Additional Commissioner, Suresh Jagtap, said the condition of students and teachers who attended the school since it reopened last week was being closely monitored. “The school has been shut down for five days. So far, none of the other teachers have reported symptoms. We had the consent letters of parents and through the numbers given, we have asked all parents to inform us if any students show symptoms, and take them to the nearest centre for testing,” he said.
Schools in the city resumed in-person classes for students of Class IX to XII from January 4 and for Class V to VIII from February 1.
Jagtap said that while school teaching and non-teaching staff had been informed before the reopening of schools to follow Covid-19 and sanitisation protocol, all other school managements have once again been informed, after the positive case at the PMC school, to monitor the situation closely.
The school where the positive case was reported is one of the largest civic-run schools in the city, with six primary schools offering three different medium of instructions, operating from the same campus. The number of students enrolled in the six schools are in thousands, but civic authorities said that due to the restrictions and lack of consent from some parents, fewer students were attending classes.
There are 1,165 students enrolled between Class V to VIII, but only 460 students were attending classes in school. They have been asked to remain in home isolation.
There are a total of 55 secondary school and 16 Balwadi (nursery) teachers, besides 17 non-teaching staff at the school.
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Civic officials said the teacher got himself tested for the infection after experiencing symptoms, and informed civic authorities after testing positive.
The school campus has been extensively sanitised and a close watch is being kept on students or teachers for Covid-19 symptoms, said civic officials.
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