School Reopening New & Updates (Unlock 5.0 Guidelines & SOP): Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has released the new guidelines. Education Ministry also tweeted the guidelines & SOP. As per the official guidelines, the government of States & UTs may decide on reopening of schools & coaching institution, after 15th October 2020, in a graded manner. The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation, and the other condition. Here are some more details from the official notification along with latest updates.
Education Ministry Announced Guidelines For Reopening of Schools:
Schools in Delhi will remain closed till October 31
दिल्ली में सभी स्कूल कोरोना के कारण अभी 31 अक्तूबर तक बंद रहेंगे. मुख्यमंत्री @ArvindKejriwal ने कहा है कि एक अभिभावक होने के नाते वे परिस्थिति की गम्भीरता को समझते हैं. इस समय बच्चों के स्वास्थ्य को लेकर कोई ज़ोखिम लिया जाना उचित नहीं होगा.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 4, 2020
School Reopening Update (Unlock 4.0 Guidelines): Delhi & Other States Health Ministry Issues SOP For Partial Reopening Of Schools For Students Of 9th To 12th Classes Voluntarily - Download SOP & Check Updates | Unlock 4.0 Updates
Health Ministry has issued SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for reopening of CBSE & other schools for classes 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th voluntarily, for taking guidance from their teachers in the context of COVID-19 (This will be subject to written consent of their parents/guardians). However, this will be allowed from 21st September onwards. All the information has been published on the official twitter account of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Students and others who are wondering about the school reopening date in India can check all the details. No updates have been provided for the students from class 1st to 8th.
School Reopening Update - Main Points from the SOP:
Generic Preventive Measures
The generic preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (teachers, employees and students) in these places at all times. These include:
i, Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.
ii. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
iii. 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.
iv. 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
v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible.
All schools (with classes IX to XII) shall specifically ensure the following arrangements
i. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.
ii. Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school on a 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.
After opening of the schools
(a) At the entry point
i. Entrance to have mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions. Multiple gates/separate gates, if feasible, should be used for entry and exit.
ii. Only asymptomatic persons (teachers, employees and students) to be allowed in the premises. If
a teacher/employee/student is found to be symptomatic, he/she should be referred to nearest
iii. Posters/standees on preventive measures about COVID-19 to be displayed prominently.
iv. Proper crowd management in the parking lots, in corridors and in elevators – duly following
physical distancing norms shall be organized.
v. Entry of visitors should be strictly regulated/restricted
For complete details, download the complete SOP
Tweet from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:
#IndiaFightsCorona— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) September 8, 2020
Health Ministry issues SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th-12th classes on a voluntary basis, for taking
guidance from their teachers in the context of #COVID19.https://t.co/i1I8pPwXyT pic.twitter.com/6c9datyVOC