Schools are voluntarily re-opening for students and all the major entrance exams are on its way now. A large number of students will gather here to appear for the examination. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare is doing everything to ensure that everyone stays safe and the conduct of the exam goes well. At this time, everyone is worried about how we will defeat Coronavirus. It is the time that demands social distancing and in this scenario, the exams are going to take place. Hence an SOP is released by MoHFW to ensure that everyone stays safe from Coronavirus infection. We have jotted down some important points for you to look at.

  1. Generic preventive measures: These are general measures that assure the well-being of everyone who is a part of this process.
  • The physical distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Wearing mask, washing hands, and sanitizing
  • Following respiratory etiquette
  • Reporting in case of ill health
  • Prohibit spitting
  • Install the Arogya Setu app as far as possible

2. For examination centers

  • The center shall function if it is outside the containment zone. Staff/ examines from the containment zone shall not be permitted.
  • Avoid over-crowding and schedule exams in a staggered manner.
  • The center should have adequate room facilities to meet the physical distancing criteria.
  • Personal protection gears, soap, sanitizer, mask, and other essentials to be made available to personnel if needed in the center.
  • Submit self-declaration health status along with Admit Card.
  • All the instruction to be given in advance to the students.
  • Having enough manpower to maintain discipline, document verification, recording attendance, and any other exam-related tasks.
  • Provision of prompt AV displays informing about ways to prevent Coronavirus infection.
  • Provision of isolation room in case if someone is found to have symptoms at the time of screening.
  • If the institute is providing transport, the vehicles must be properly sanitized.
  • The entrance must have hand hygiene and thermal screening. If a student fails to meet the criteria, the entry should not be permitted. Only asymptomatic staff and students shall be allowed.
  • All staff and students, allowed only if they are wearing face cover or masks. It should be worn at all times inside the center as well.
  • There must be enough entry and exit gates, so as to avoid overcrowding
  • While queuing for entry students should keep a minimum distance of 6 ft.
  • To ensure social distancing while entering, markings must be made.
  • Physical distancing should be strictly followed inside as well as outside the examination premises, like waiting areas, parking lots, etc.
  • Inside the examination area, students are not permitted to carry bags, books, and mobile phones.
  • The students appearing for the examination will be taken to the registration room in batches, where document verification and attendance will take place. Then they will be escorted to their examination halls.
  • If the frisking of examines is needed, it shall be done after the thermal screening. The person involved in frisking shall wear a 3 layered protection, proper hygiene will be maintained and the gloves will be changed every single time.
  • Once the examination is over, the students shall leave in an orderly manner.
  • The staff members at high risk, including older employees, pregnant employees, and the employees with other medical conditions, should not be employed to conduct the examination. Rather should be employees in tasks not involving direct contact with students.
  • Elevators should only have restricted people, maintaining social distancing
  • Provision of wheelchairs should be made if required, and they must be sanitized regularly
  • Contactless procedures should be adopted, like QR codes, digital signatures, and online forms
  • For pen and paper tests, sanitization should be done frequently. An invigilator must sanitize hands before distributing the papers. The student must sanitize before taking and paper as well as before submitting the paper. The answer sheets once collected should be opened after 72 hours have elapsed.
  • The use of spit/ saliva should not be done for counting or distributing papers.
  • The sharing of stationery is not permitted.
  • For online and computer-based exams the systems must be disinfected with alcohol wipes before and after the exams take place
  • Examination halls, corridors, washrooms, water drinking stations, and washbasins shall be sanitized before and after the examination
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3. SOP to be followed if a person develops symptoms during the examination

  • Isolate the person in a room till examined by a doctor
  • If conditions deteriorate, the nearest medical facility or district/state helpline should be called.
  • The risk assessment will be done by the present public health authority, after that the process of managing the case and contacts disinfection will happen.
  • Disinfection of the premise if the case is found positive.

 

These are the guidelines and SOP given by the government. For the full document visit the link: SOP to follow as preventive measures against COVID-19

 


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