New Delhi (NVI): The state of Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Assam reopened schools from today, after a gap of over seven months due to the coronavirus induced lockdown.
The decision is in line with the government’s recent Unlock 5 guidelines allowing schools to reopen and leaving it upon the states and Union Territories to decide whether to start classes or not.
However, the schools in these three states will open with strict COVID-19 protocol including limited attendance in the classes to maintain social distancing.
According to the government’s order schools in Andhra Pradesh will reopen only for students of classes 9 to 12, the students will attend classes on alternate days till afternoon.
Every classroom is limited to only 16 students, following social distancing protocols. During the afternoon hours, their will be will online classes for students who didn’t turn up for schools.
In Assam, the government decided to do classroom teaching for the students of class 6 and above. All schools will follow an odd-even system, to minimise the COVID-19 risk.
The students of classes 6, 8 and 12 will have classroom teaching on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and the remaining three days are reserved for 7,9 and 11 classes, as per the the state education department.
Likewise, the Uttarakhand schools will reopen only for students of class 10 and 12, the students will be allowed to go to school with parental consent.
The online learning classes, however, will continue to be the preferred mode of teaching. Also, schools will have to follow the standard operating procedures (SOP) approved by the state government.