The government has given permissions to reopen schools partially from September 21, 2020; The Government has also issued a set of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) to be followed for school reopening.
New Delhi: Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the schools and colleges are closed since March. After subsequent lockdown, to prevent the spread of the virus, the schools remained closed since then. Although online classes and digital education were promoted and adopted across schools in India, still the gap remains.
Recently, The government has given permissions to reopen schools partially from September 21, 2020; The Government has also issued a set of SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) to be followed for school reopening.
"Prior to resumption of activities, all work areas intended for teaching/demonstrations etc., including laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces," the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) announced by the Health Ministry states.
Here's what all of us need to know about school reopening:
- Only schools out of containment zones will be opened. Teachers, students, staff living in the containment zones will not be allowed to come to school.
- Students can visit schools voluntarily, to take guidance from teachers. Also, they will have to take written permission from their parents for the visit.
- Student-Teacher interaction should be in a staggered manner.
- Upon reopening morning assemblies, gatherings and canteens shall remain closed.
- School Premises should be properly sanitized.
- To ensure that physical distancing of six feet is maintained, schools have been asked to draw markings on the floor in staff rooms, office areas, the mess and library.
- Sharing of items such as class notes and stationery amongst students will also be prohibited.