Its almost 5 months since the pandemic hit the country and threw normal life out of gear. The rapid increase in positive cases forced authorities to shut educational institutes across the country to contain the spread of the viral disease. Now finally the Centre has 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.
The government also made it clear that it is not mandatory for educational institutions to resume schools from Monday. It asked the states to take the final call on resuming classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Centre has issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a partial reopening of school in various cities. Meanwhile, Delhi, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal have announced that they will not resume classes from Monday.
Here’s what states have decided on reopening of schools from Monday:
Schools in Andhra Pradesh are set to resume normal classes from Monday for students ofbClasses 9 to 12. Authorities have issued guidelines and students living outside containment zones will be allowed to visit their schools on a voluntary basis to clear their doubts and take guidance from their teachers. They would have to submit a written consent of their parents and guardians to their respective schools.
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 following which the situation will be reviewed. asked to take a call on their own. Students’ measures against the viral outbreak. From Monday, classes will resume for students between graded 9 and 12 for the next 15 days
Whie all government schools will start functioning, private school authorities have been asked to take thier call on the decision. Meanwhile, students attendance in schools is not mandatory. Parents and guardians written consent is mandatory following which students will be allowed to attend classes.
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. Attendance is not compulsory and students can go on a voluntary basis to clear any doubts related to their course. ‘Students will have to bring written consent from their parents before coming to school. The students will also have to undergo thermal scanning before entering the school and wear face masks and adhere to safety guidelines, the letter stated.
Earlier, the education department had conducted trial classes for board students at Government Senior Secondary School, Nigdhu, in Karnal and Bazidpur Saboli in Sonepat to check the feasibility of partial reopening of schools.
Jammu and Kashmir
Schools will reopen in the Union territory, however, attendance of students will be on a voluntary 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. Only 50% of the staff will report every day until Class 8 and students of classes 9, 10 11 and 12 can come to school on a voluntary basis with 50% attendance. Officials have said parents can decide whether they will allow their children to attend the classes. The authorities have further stated that online classes and digital education activities will continue as usual.
The Karnatak government has prohibited students of Class 9 to 12 from visiting schools and pre-university colleges to meet teachers amid the coronavirus pandemic. It said in a statement that students were earlier allowed by the education department after Covid 19 cases in the state had come down. However, as the pandemic continues to rage the state, the state government felt it was not safe to call students to colleges or schools to meet teachers, it said.
The Punjab government has allowed the opening of higher education institutions from September 21 for PhD scholars and postgraduate students pursuing technical and professional courses requiring experimental work. However, schools, colleges and coaching centres will remain closed in the states.
As per the orders, online distance learning will be permitted and encouraged but schools, colleges and coaching institutions will remain closed for students and regular classes. Only 50 per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staff will be allowed to attend schools at a time for online teaching/telecounselling and related work in areas outside the containment zones, only as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued on September 8 by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.