The School Education Department has issued directives to Chief Education Officers in Chennai and neighboring districts to evaluate schools for damage caused by Cyclone Michaung before the planned reopening on Monday. The guidelines involve comprehensive cleaning, disinfection, debris removal, barricading school perimeters, and addressing potential health hazards. While many schools are making progress in sanitation, those in severely inundated areas, like Tiruvottiyur, are facing difficulties due to lingering water and snake threats. Health experts highlight the necessity of hand hygiene and raise concerns about potential health risks for students. Some experts propose delaying school reopening for thorough sanitation and certification by sanitation inspectors.