Two renowned schools in Noida were closed on Tuesday amid coronavirus scare. The Shriram Millennium School in Noida decided to shut down their premises for 2 days and also postponed its annual examinations after a class six student’s father was tested positive with coronavirus. As a precaution, Shiv Nadar School has been shut down for 6 days too. The events took this turn after students from these schools attend birthday party thrown by patient detected with coronavirus. A total of 40 students of the school tested for the virus and sent to 28 days isolation.
Health department officials have already visited the two school premises to collect the samples of 2 school kids for India COVID 19. The schools were fumigated as a preventive measure and the family of the child has also been quarantined.
The Chief Medical Officer of Gautam Buddh Nagar said the person who has tested positive for coronavirus in Delhi on Monday had thrown a birthday party for his child. Several children of his school were said to be present at that party.
The man tested positive for India COVID 19 in Delhi had visited Italy. After returning to India, he visited a doctor in Mayur Vihar and he was tested for coronavirus when the symptoms didn’t show signs of abating. He is currently recovering in the quarantine ward of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi. As per the Ministry of Health, Noida campus of the school has been shut down and officials have reached the spot to sanitise the school as well as take samples for further tests to verify if others in contact with the student or his parents have COVID 19 virus. Till now, a total of 40 students of the school have been tested for the virus and sent to isolation for 28 days.
Meanwhile, most of the parents have decided not to send their children to the school after knowing about the father of the child whose birthday party it was had been tested positive for coronavirus. The school has not given any official statement, however, it has already postponed the exams that were scheduled. Well, a circular by the school added that the board exams would continue as per usual and that students of classes 7 to 11 could come for extra classes if required. Meanwhile, the circular said that class six and IGCSE classes will continue with the study leave.
Monica Sagar, Principal, Shiv Nadar School, sent a note sent to parents stating that we are ensuring that staff would make children periodically wash their hands after every half an hour. Please ensure you do the same for yourself, your domestic staff and children at home. She also added that older children could carry personal sanitisers too. We do not advocate the use of sanitisers for very young children for their strong alcoholic content in case the children keep putting their fingers in their mouths. A herbal one might be better, but will be a less effective precautionary measure against coronavirus,” she said.
The Shriram School has also sent a mail to all parents also about the steps being taken by them for the safety of the children from India COVID 19 and closing of the school from Wednesday, 4th March to Friday, 6th March 2020.