Kelzang Wangchuk | Samdrupjongkhar

Schools in Samdrupjongkhar thromde would reopen today with Covid-19 preventive protocols.

Since the Samdrupjongkhar thromde is considered a high-risk zone, schools would be treated as a containment zone where movement out of schools would be restricted.

Thromde education officer (TEO), Dorji Gyalpo, said 159 students are studying at the Samdrupjongkhar Middle Secondary School (SJMSS). Boys would be accommodated in the multipurpose (MP) hall and girls in the classrooms.

The TEO said the government had approved a stipend of Nu 1,500 per student and parents need not have to pay for food and lodging in the schools. He said the Food Corporation of Bhutan (FCB) would supply about nine perishable items such as rice, oil, chickpeas and dal, among others. “We have also deployed cooks from Orong.”

The thromde had provided a separate water supply source to ensure the continuous water flow in the school. “We also have set up the hand washing taps and are constructing 10 hand washing stations.”

Meanwhile, about 126 students went to their respective schools in the dzongkhag yesterday because they had completed a weeklong quarantine. Two teachers and a student of Dungsam Academic would complete their quarantine today.

Health officials carried out the RT-PCR testing for Covid-19 on October 3 and all tested negative. The dzongkhag administration arranged transportation to drop those students to their respective schools.