Govt issues SOPs for partial reopening of schools for class 9-12 from Sept 21

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New Delhi (NVI): The Union Health Ministry today said that partial resumption of activities in schools for students of classes 9-12 will be allowed from 21 September, while issuing guidelines in this regard amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, only schools outside the containment zones will be allowed to open, as per the health ministry guidelines.

Assemblies, sports and events, which can lead to overcrowding, are strictly prohibited in the schools that are opting to start operations. The government also said that online or distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

“Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school on 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,” state the standard operation procedures (SOPs) issued by the health ministry.

“Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school on 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,” as per the standard operation procedures (SOPs) issued by the health ministry.

Apart from that,students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the school. Students, teachers and employees shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones as per the health ministry guidelines adding that the schools that were used as quarantine centres will be properly sanitized and deep cleaned before partial functioning is resumed.