New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk:Schools across the country are set to partially reopen from today as part of the relaxations allowed under the fourth phase of phased lockdown exit plan. Students of Class 9 to 12 have been allowed to visit schools in areas outside containment zones on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers amid coronavirus pandemic outbreak. 

However, this permission would be subject to written consent of parents/guardians from September 21 as per Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on September 8.

SOPs to be followed by students/teachers/employees at schools: 

  • 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.

Several states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Uttarakhand and West bengal, have announced that they will not allow reopening of schools from Monday. Bihar’s education department will hold a meeting on Tuesday to take decision on reopening school in the state.

Schools and colleges across the country are closed since March 23, two days before PM Modi announced the nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, teaching and educational activities have resorted to online methods, whose reach has been limited of the uneven availability of smart-devices, specifically in the country’s hinterland.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma