Tough security norms for City schools issued

Mumbai : In light of the massacre of 132 school children in Peshawar, the Mumbai police have issued several security directives for schools which are to be followed henceforth. They include compulsory periodic checks on premises and in school buses.

From now on schools will have to keep their gates closed except at the time of students’ arrival and dispersal. None of the gates are to remain unmanned at any time of the day. In addition, criminal antecedents of all security guards need to be checked and identities must be verified.

With regard to visitors, no one will be allowed to enter without proper frisking and identity verification and their relation with a child. Even after getting an entry in the school, no visitors would be allowed to enter classrooms and would have to wait in the school’s office to meet children. They will be allowed to meet a child only in the presence of the school principal, teacher or a nodal officer and once the meeting is over, they will have to leave immediately.

In case of temporary labourers in the school premises, temporary identity cards will have to be issued to monitor their movements and identify verified labourers. The staff and teachers are supposed to be briefed about all sorts of possibilities and risks from now on and must also know how to act in emergency situations. Same would be applicable to guards and staff on school buses.

First-aid boxes on school buses, fire extinguishers, grills on windows and lady attendants have been made compulsory too. In addition, the schools are required to carry out surprise checks to see if all this is in order and if the drivers are under the influence of alcohol. Police verification for all staff on school buses will have to be done every three years.

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