MVD issues guidelines to ensure safe journey of students ahead of school reopening
Thiruvananthapuram: The Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) has prepared a detailed guideline to ensure safe journey of students once schools reopen in the state. According to the circular released by MVD, the school bus drivers and attendants should take two doses of Covid-19 vaccine and have their temperature checked and recorded in register every day. It has also been suggested that students with fever, cough or other symptoms should not be allowed to travel.
Further, the school vehicles must be equipped with a thermal scanner and sanitisers. It has also been suggested that all students should carry at least one sanitiser for their personal use. The authorities should make it sure that all children get seats and no one should be allowed to travel while standing. It has also been directed that all children should wear masks and maintain social distance. Care should be taken to avoid coming in contact with each other.
In addition, the vehicle should not operate AC or use cloths as cover for seats. School officials are also urged to advise children to adhere to these safety standards and to wash hands with disinfectant or soap solution each day at the end of the trip. If other contract carriage vehicles are used for the school trip, the concerned school authorities should ensure that such vehicles also comply with the instructions of the MVD.
MVD officials will visit schools before October 20 to complete inspection of vehicles. Only school vehicles will be allowed to operate after completing fitness test and trial run. Vehicles that complete fitness test will be issued a certificate and it should be kept within the vehicle.