Centre issues SOP for partial re-opening of schools from Class 9 to 12…. Read here

SOPs for schools: Those outside containment zones have been allowed to open, on voluntary basis, so that students can take guidance from teachers and this will be subject to written consent of their parents.

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New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Tuesday issued guidelines for partial re-opening of schools from class 9 to 12 on on voluntary basis. The schools have been allowed to open from September 21.

The guidelines said that only schools outside containment zones can be allowed to open, on voluntary basis, so that students can take guidance from teachers and this will be subject to written consent of their parents.

Activities like assembly, sports and others wherever social distancing is difficult is maintain, will continue to remain barred.

“Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/guardians. Such visits and teacher – student interaction must be organized in a staggered manner,” state the standard operation procedures (SOPs) issued by the health ministry.

Only asymptomatic people (teachers, employees and students) will be allowed in the school premises as per the guidelines. If a teacher/employee/student is found to be symptomatic, he/she should be referred to nearest health centre, the SOPs state.

“Cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1% sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (door knobs, elevator buttons, hand rails, chairs, benches, washroom fixtures, etc.) to be made mandatory in all class rooms, laboratories, lockers, parking areas, other common areas etc. before beginning of classes and at the end of the day,” the guidelines stated.

The Ministry also said that schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students and regular class activity up to September 30 and online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.