School Reopening Guidelines: Schools to open from 9th to 12th from 21st September, Ministry of Health released SOP

Priya Yadav

Schools that have been closed for more than 5 months are now going to open in a phased manner. For this, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Regarding this, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the schools will be opened in a phased manner. All those coming to school will have to constantly monitor health. Spitting everywhere will be prohibited. The guidelines clearly state that along with the state helpline number in the school, the phone numbers of local health officials will also be displayed.

Such a seating arrangement of students from the laboratory to classrooms will have to be maintained at least 6 feet distance between them. Gathering of students i.e. assembly and sports-related activities will be prohibited as it will risk spreading the infection.

Teachers or staff residing in Containment Zones are not allowed to attend school. Schools that were used as quarantine centers have been instructed to sanitize well before being partially opened. All schools were instructed to sanitize with a hypochlorite solution.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of Corona Prevention for the operation of schools, skill centers, and higher education institutions offering PG and doctoral courses. The Ministry of Home Affairs has given permission to open schools and above grade higher educational institutions from 21 September. The SOP states that before opening schools, colleges, skill institutes, they have to be thoroughly sanitized. However, it will be voluntary i.e. it will be up to the students whether they want to go to school or not.

Schools or institutions in which quarantine centers were built must be completely transitionless. Chairs in classrooms will be placed at a distance of six feet. It will be mandatory for teachers and students to wear masks. Arrangements for thermal screening and hand sanitizing will also have to be done at the entrance gate.

The SOP on behalf of the Union Health Ministry states that permission for online / distance learning will continue. Schools can invite up to 50 percent of their teachers and non-teacher staff for online teaching / Tele counseling and other related activities. Students from ninth to 12th will be allowed if they want to go to school to seek guidance from their teachers. However, they will have to seek written consent from their parents or guardians. Students will also have the option to study online. Precautionary measures in schools will include teachers, staff, and students, including ensuring a physical distance of at least six feet, covering the face, frequent hand washing, adherence to respiratory etiquette, health monitoring, and place- Spitting place not included. People have been asked specifically about this. Online or distance learning should continue to allow and encourage and allow students of classes 9 to 12 to visit the school on a voluntary basis to seek guidance from their teachers.
Students will have the freedom to come to school voluntarily. No student will be forced to come to school. Children will come to school only with the written permission of their parents. The Ministry has also said that distance education and online learning will have to be continued. For this, 50 percent of teachers can be called to the school. The swimming pool at the school will be kept closed. The air conditioner temperature has to be kept between 24-30 degrees Celsius. Humidity will have to be kept between 40-70 percent. Arrangements will have to be made for cross ventilation and clean air.

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