New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Sunday (September 5) allowed the reopening of schools for Class 10 and 12 students. Deputy Commissioners are permitted to allow the reopening of schools for class 10th after conducting the COVID-19 test while schools for class 12th are allowed to open with 50 per cent capacity after students and staff are vaccinated. The administration in the Union Territory has also allowed the reopening of coaching centres for civil services/JEE/NEET with certain conditions.

"Jammu & Kashmir Govt allows reopening of schools for Class 12 for vaccinated students & staff, with 50% capacity; permits DCs to allow reopening of schools for Class 10 after COVID test; also allows coaching centres for civil services/JEE/NEET to reopen with certain conditions," news agency ANI reported.

As per the new guidelines, schools have to take the consent of parents to allow students to attend classes. The school premises have to be thoroughly sanitized as classes resume. Further proper screening at the entrance of the school is required to be done to check the vaccination status of students and staff. If any student, teacher, or staff shows symptoms of COVID-19 like cough, cold, and fever, they will not be allowed to enter the school. The head of the school is responsible for ensuring the COVID protocols are followed strictly. Further, to conduct the RT PCR test consent from parents is mandatory.

Apart from classes 10 and 12 offline schools will remain closed for all the other classes. They will continue to operate in offline mode until further orders. Coaching centres for civil services/JEE/NEET will also be allowed to reopen for fully vaccinated students in limited numbers. The Head of the institutes has to ensure that COVID protocols are followed by all. Institutes other than the stated will remain closed. Meanwhile, the night curfew in the UT remains the same. It is imposed from 8 pm to 7 am.

Posted By: Sugandha Jha