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As schools partially re-open

Students advised to be alert, avoid gatherings

The Sri Lanka Army has advised schoolchildren to be alert, avoiding contact with strangers and staying away from unidentified parcels, food packets and other objects, as government schools partially re-open today.

In a statement to the media, the Army underscored the importance of schoolchildren and their parents following these guidelines, for the safety of all. Parents have been advised to accompany their children to school and avoid large gatherings for the safety of all.

The public advisory issued by the Sri Lanka Army for the safety of schoolchildren is as follows:

The Sri Lanka Army requests children to be on alert inside and outside their schools and not to accept any gifts or parcels from outsiders.

Parents should also take necessary steps to educate children, asking them not to touch any unidentified or unattended parcel, gifts, toys or any food packets left or kept by the roadside or anywhere else, including in public transport. Children are also advised to inform parents or guardians of any suspicious person or parcel and should always try to avoid large gatherings. Parents should ensure that children are always accompanied to school by parents or guardians and that they get back home as soon as possible, without loitering.

Parents should also be vigilant about rumourmongers. Schoolchildren should also avoid gathering near the school’s main gate during the start and finish of school sessions.

Any information regarding suspicious movements, parcels or persons could be conveyed immediately to the nearest Army camp or Police Station.

The public is urged to assist the Security Forces during search operations and remain calm without panicking under any circumstances.

Attempts by children to take photographs or capture video images of bomb disposal movements during an emergency situation is also ill-advised. 


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