The Central Government issues various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure the safety of students in schools. They will resume physical classes.
The pandemic led to a closure of schools for more than five months. In the Unlock phase four, the Centre issued a guideline to allow the students of classes 9 to 12, a voluntary return to their schools. To control the spread of the COVID 19 virus all the institutions were not in operation. However, from Monday some states have permitted the partial opening of the schools.
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were released by the Central Government for the safety of the students returning to their schools. However, the decision was not mandatary to follow by the educational institutions. The last call remains with the State governments to allow the opening of the schools in their region or not. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the regions which have low to no coronavirus cases were advised to return in operation.
SOME STATES WILL NOT REOPEN SCHOOL
Few states clearly announced their negative decision to resume classes. It includes Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal. On the other hand, the education department of Bihar will conduct a meeting to decide on the reopening of schools. The meeting will take place on Tuesday. Proper guidelines will be released by the Bihar government after taking all matters of safety into contemplation. An official said that it will be done after consulting the stakeholders.
SAFETY MEASURES FOR SCHOOLS IN ASSAM
Schools in Assam have to follow SOP’s with no leniency. The Secondary education department, which advises to maintain social distancing and all other safety procedures. Keeping these in mind, Assam has allowed the opening of higher secondary schools from Monday. For a probation period of 15 days, students of grade 9th to 12th will be allowed to resume. The next decision will be taken after this period.
The students don’t need to attend the classes. The government schools will resume; however, the private institutes are told to take their own decision. The consent of the parents or guardians in written format is mandatory.
STUDENTS HAVE TO TAKE WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM PARENTS TO COME TO SCHOOL
In Andhra Pradesh, Normal classes will come into operation from Monday. The students of classes 9th to 12th, who live outside containment zones can visit their schools for guidance or clear their doubts. The written permission of the parents or guardians has to be submitted to the school authorities.
In Haryana, students don’t need to attend classes on Monday. SOP’s are to be strictly adhered as students of classes 9th to 12th, return to their classrooms, The Directorate of School Education told the district education officers. The Aarogya Setu app should be downloaded on the phones of the teachers and the staff. Plus, their COVID test should be negative.
SOME STATES INITIATED TRIAL CLASSES TO REOPEN SCHOOLS
A letter by the department that has instructions for the students said that face masks are mandatory to be worn by everyone and a thermal scanning should be done without any discrepancy of all the students. Government Senior Secondary School at Karnal, Bazidpur Saboli, Sonepat, and Nigdhu have initiated trail classes to check this decision.
In Jammu and Kashmir, schools are allowed to operate on 50 % attendance of staff and students. All the SOP’s have to be in position and written permission is required by the parents. Students from class 8th to 12th can resume. Further, online classes will be continued.
DECISION TO REOPEN SCHOOLS IN DELHI, PUNJAB, J&K AND KARNATAKA
The Directorate of Education, Delhi said in an official order that the private and government institutions will not reopen till October 5. To contain the spread of the virus, there will be no partial reopening of the schools. However, staff can be called for any online work.
In Punjab, For the Ph.D. scholars and postgraduate students, classes can resume from 21st September. Other educational institutions will remain closed. However, online classes will be allowed to continue until normalcy returns. The staff can attend the schools for official work with 50% attendance.
In Karnataka, when the number of coronavirus cases lowered, earlier notification allowed the classes to resume. But now all the educational institutions are said to remain closed till further notice.
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