With the onset of winter and festive season, the Odisha government on Saturday issued a guideline for the conduct of safe trips for school students across the State.

“The District Education Officers will ensure that the guideline is followed, while schools undertake exposure trips and picnics for students,” School and Mass Education Secretary Usha Padhee said.

The guideline says drivers of buses carrying children must have valid licences and should not be habitual alcohol users; buses should not run at high speed; vehicles must not be overloaded and students should not be allowed to occupy seats in the driver’s cabin. In a bid to ensure the safety of girl students, the guideline states that women teachers must accompany the team and night travel should be avoided.