New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The education secretaries of all states and union territories (UTs) are scheduled to drop their feedback to the HRD Ministry’s Department of School Education and Literacy on Monday, so as put out likely dates from when the schools could be reopened across the country.

The feedback points, on which the response has been asked for by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) include the expectations of the parents from the opening of the schools following the likely period after which the schools could be reopened in specific states and union territories. The likely period months have been optioned up at August, September, and October respectively.

According to the media reports at the end of May, it was expected that schools and colleges would reopen in July with 30 per cent attendance, with younger students till class eighth continuing to Study from Home. It was said that green and orange zones in the country will first open the colleges and schools, in two shifts, so as to maintain social distancing norms.

Last month, in an interview with BBC Hindi, Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that schools and colleges would “absolutely” reopen after August 2020. 

The reports have suggested that teachers and staff at schools will be required to wear masks and gloves, with thermal scanner installed in schools. On three-seated desks, only two students will sit, and social distancing rules supposed to be followed all the while.

The guidelines for COVID-19 safety will have to be printed and put out at various locations in and around each school. The SDM and the DM of the concerned area will be further required to be in control of the situation while updating the guidelines as required.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma