Bengaluru: In clear violation of the State Government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines, a Bengaluru-based private school has taken its students on a five-day trip to Hyderabad.
According to sources, the Cluny Convent High School in Jalahalli, which is affiliated with the State board, took 130 students and a few staff members to Hyderabad on Thursday December 9. Due to the emergence of Omicron and Covid clusters across the State, the State Government has instructed schools and institutions not to organise any cultural or educational activities.
The Department of Public Instruction has now issued a notice to the school for violating Covid protocols and provisions of the National Disaster Management Act (NDMA), after parents who did not send their kids on the trip complained.
According to sources, the school claimed that that trips were not mentioned in the department’s standard operating procedure and that it had acquired parents’ permission letters for the trip and the school organised it based on request from students and parents.
Bengaluru North Deputy Director of Public Instruction informed that they have issued a show-cause notice to the school authorities and ordered them to return to Bengaluru with all of the students immediately. Officials from the department have also ordered local officers to conduct Covid-19 tests to all students and staff who went for the trip.