COVID -19: Rules & Guidelines For The Schools To Reopen In These States From Tomorrow
Schools in some states will partially reopen from Monday after more than five months of a lockdown enforced to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Nagaland, and Madhya Pradesh.
Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal have announced that they will not allow classes to resume from Monday.
The Centre had allowed the partial reopening of schools in the fourth phase of the Unlock process and said that students of Classes 9 and 12 can return purely on a voluntary basis. Under Unlock 4, the central government has permitted the states to reopen schools from September 21. However, the states have the authority to decide whether they want to resume schools from September 21 or not.
In Andhra Pradesh, public and private schools that are not located in containment zones would reopen from Monday. Students would be allowed to visit their schools on a voluntary basis but only to clear their doubts from teachers. This facility is available only to students who live outside the containment zones and have written consent from their parents or guardian. Regular classes will remain closed till September 30.
High and higher secondary schools in Assam are set to reopen from Monday and will have to follow SOPs issued by the secondary education department to maintain social distancing norms and other precautionary measures against the viral outbreak. From Monday, classes will resume for students between graded 9 and 12 for the next 15 days following which the situation will be reviewed. Students’ attendance in schools is not mandatory. Parents and guardians need to give their consent in writing following which students will be allowed to attend classes.
The Haryana government said that students can visit their schools if they need guidance but schools will remain closed. The Directorate of School Education has directed all district education officers to ensure that SOPs are in place for the partial reopening of schools for students of Classes 9 to 12 from Monday. In a letter, the department has asked all district education officers to ensure that the teachers get a Covid-19 test and download the Aarogya Setu app on their phones.
The Madhya Pradesh government will also reopen schools partially so that students of Classes 9 to 12 are able to go clarify their doubts from teachers. But no regular classes would be conducted.
Schools will reopen in the J&K, however, attendance of students will be on a voluntary basis. Officials have said schools will reopen with 50% attendance of staff and students and the attendance of the students will be as per the written consent of the parents. The officials have also stated that all the SOPs will be in place when the schools reopen after such a long gap.
Regular classroom teaching remains suspended in Meghalaya till September 30, but students of Class 9 to Class 12 can visit their schools to get doubts cleared by teachers, according to PTI.
Schools in Nagaland would reopen from Monday but only for students of Classes 9 to 12 on a voluntary basis for those who need academic guidance from teachers.
Schools will reopen from Monday in Himachal Pradesh. The Karnataka government also agreed to reopen schools partially from next week. Only senior students can come to schools if they need guidance. In Chandigarh, the schools will partially resume from Monday. Only 15 students are allowed to sit in a classroom. The students will be allowed to come in batches of two hours each, with a gap of one and a half hours in between to sanitize the classes.
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