Schools reopened in a few states on Monday ensuring that all the guidelines by the central and state government are followed. A total of 8 States and one union territory allowed the government and private schools to run on a voluntary basis for classes 9 to 12 while maintaining social distancing and issuing SOPs for attending the classes. States that reopened the schools partially are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya, MP, Nagaland, Himachal, and Sikkim. On the other hand, the Delhi government has announced that no schools will open before 5 October 2020; Gujarat, UP, and Chhattisgarh against the reopening of schools in the light of increasing infections.
The coronavirus cases in India are on a rising peak since the last six months. The schools and universities across the country were ordered to close on March 16, but under Unlock 4.0 guidelines, partial opening of schools in the non-containment zones have been allowed. So far, India has registered 5,646,010 positive cases, out of which 90,021 have died.
While only 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff is allowed on the campus, no more than 30% of the students can attend the classes at once. This initiative for classes 9 to 12 is only restricted to getting assistance from the teachers in person and the online classes will go on as scheduled. The students attending the classes will also have to bring a written consent letter from the parents.
Steps being followed while reopening
The schools have been ordered to follow certain strict guidelines after the schools reopen so that there is minimum chance of spreading any virus.
- All the entry and exit gates must have mandatory sanitization and thermal screening provisions.
- Only asymptomatic people can visit the campus in any case.
- The schools should display posters or banners on preventive measures about coronavirus along with emergency helpline numbers.
- No visitors shall be allowed on the campus.
- Students are not allowed to share items like notebooks, pens/pencil, etc.
- Mask is compulsory at all times.
- A floor area of 4m² is to be kept per person using any equipment in the laboratory.
- Common places like cafeteria, mess and swimming pools will remain closed.
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