Schools to reopen in some state
Schools will reopen in Assam, AndhraPradesh, Tamilnadu state and kendriya vidyalya from today seven months due to coronavirus pandemic. According to officials of Assam Education Department, only students from Classes 6th to 12th will be allowed to attend the classes under strict COVID-19 guidelines. The officials added that a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been issued by the government in this regard.
The schools will follow an odd-even system to minimise the risk of coronavirus spread. Students in Classes 6, 8 and 12 will attend school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while students of classes 7, 9 and 11 will attend classes on the other three days.
“All the students would not come into the schools at a time and they would attend the schools in different batches in morning and afternoon shift. Fixation of first batch and second batch of students would be done by the head of the institution,” the government said in a news release.
“The first batch of students would come at 8 a.m. and stay up to 12 noon and the second batch of students would come at 12.30 p.m. and stay up to 3.30 p.m.” it added.
Students from Classes 9 to 12 can start attending schools in Andhra Pradesh from today after coronavirus lockdown guidelines were eased as part of the “Unlock5” plan. The guidelines have been eased till the next update till November 30. The classes will be held for half a day every other day.
Assam and Rajasthan will also reopen schools today.
Students from Classes 6 to 8 can start going to school from November 23, while those in primary classes can go to school from December 14.
Schools with more than 750 students will be allowed to open once every three days and they will have to provide midday meal to those attending, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had announced in a video conference on October 20.
As per the SOP issued by the government, the schools have been asked to follow social distancing and other precautionary measures. The guidelines issued by the Assam government also includes a staggered timetable for general colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnic institutions and IITs.
It is to be noted that online education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes.