All the schools in Delhi have to set up "emergency response mechanisms" as directed by The Directorate of Education.
To deal with situations like natural disasters (such as earthquake), fire, violence, falls, stampedes, terror attacks, suicide attempts or children falling sick due to stale/contaminated midday meal etc an emergency protocol has been developed.
According to the circular issued on Tuesday, the teams must include the head of the school, vice-principal or a senior teacher, two nodal teachers of Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojna, educational and vocational guidance and counselling or yoga teacher, physical education teacher, trained graduate teacher of natural or home science, two assistant teachers and two students each from classes IX and XI.
Specific guidelines have been outlined by the DoE for the rescue and help of differently abled children and for situations such as sexual harassment or assault, absenteeism and truancy and midday meal related problems. In any case of sexual harassment the schools have to report within six hours of the incident to the fore.
The response teams will have to ensure complete documentation of each case in addition to administering first aid, organizing transport to hospitals and calling up for help.
The schools should have CCTVs in working order according to the circular. The Delhi police has advised schools to have CCTVs after the Peshawar school attack.
The RTI Query of the NGO Pardarshita shows that out of the 667 schools that replied, only 241 have CCTVs installed. Rajiv Kumar of The NGO Pardarshita said that they have two schools in their area that do have CCTVs but not in a working condition.
Mostly belonging to the west, east, southeast and south districts a total of 343 schools have not replied.