After a recent incident of heinous murder of a toddler from a school in the capital city of India, schools in Navi Mumbai have begun to beef up the security of students. Washroom alarm, ID cards for parents and guardians, 360 CCTV cameras, uniform for bus drivers, cleaners and conductors and supervised or no-entry in the school premises – are some of the safety measures taken by the schools to prevent any unfortunate episode.
Soon after the incident came into light, several schools in the city conducted internal meetings and laid down various safety rules, measures and precautions.
Nicholas Correa, director of New Horizon Public school in Airoli said, “Restriction for visitors is one particular rule which is being followed strictly.” Moreover, steps are being taken to sensitize children and staffers through weekly workshops. Other measures comprise mock drills and CCTVs at blind spots.
Correa added, “We have always set various rules for the safety of the children. We have now made modifications to the rules to make them more strict.”
In addition, parents of all DAV schools will be required to put an ID card around their neck before entering the premises of the school. “We request them to limit their visits to school unless it is really necessary,” said Jose Kurian, regional director of DAV public schools, western region.
School principals have begun holding counselling sessions and monitoring staffers for the students of higher classes. “I am personally monitoring kids of senior classes. They often get disturbed by issues in the family or bitter relationship between parents and that often makes them vulnerable to get involved in criminal activities,” stated Soma Chatterjee, principal of Poddar International School (CBSE), Nerul.