New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Union Health Ministry has issued fresh guidelines for reopening schools for students of classes 9 to 12. The ministry said that schools will open from September 21 for students who are willing to visit for "guidance" from teachers.

"Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/guardians. Such visits and teacher – student interaction must be organized in a staggered manner," the health ministry said in its statement

The following SOPs will be at place for the students who are voluntarily resuming classes.

Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.

Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.

Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty.

 

 Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible.

Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth
and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used
tissues properly.

Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.

Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.

 

 Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible.

Entry of visitors should be strictly regulated/restricted.

 

 

 

The ministry has also released guidelines regarding the availability and management of supplies

Appropriate back-up stock of personal protection items like face covers/masks, visors, hand sanitizers etc. shall be made available by management to the teachers and employee.

Provide an adequate supply of thermal guns, alcohol wipes or 1% sodium hypochlorite solutions and disposable paper towels, soap, IEC materials on COVID.

Pulse oximeter to check oxygen saturation levels of any symptomatic person must be arranged.

Ensure availability of sufficient covered dustbins and trash cans

Provision for proper disposal of used personal protective items and general waste in accordance with CPCB guidelines

Housekeeping employee to be informed & trained about norms for waste management & disposal.

 

Schools and colleges across the country have been closed since March 16 when the Centre announced a countrywide classroom shutdown as part of measures to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 32 crore students are believed to have been affected by the lockdown that was announced to curb the spread of the contagion.

Posted By: Rakesh Kumar Jha