Uttarakhand schools to reopen on Nov 2

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New Delhi (NVI): The Uttarakhand government has allowed reopening of a total of 3,791 senior secondary schools in the state for students of classes 10 and 12 from November 2.

The government also issued standard operating procedure (SOP) for schools outside containment zones to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Uttarakhand Education Minister Arvind Pandey said, “The government has taken into account all aspects of COVID-19 precautions in the SOP issued for opening the school.”

“From November 2, classes for 10th and 12th standards will start, but the students will be allowed to enter the schools only after written permission from parents,” he added.

According to the guidelines, the schools will have to follow many conditions that include sanitization of school premises and arrangements in schools for sanitizers, handwashing and thermal screening.

The other main guidelines include that classes to be started in two shifts if social distancing cannot be ensured due to large number of students.

Schools have been directed that they should seek written permission of the parents and guardians before allowing students in the schools.

The school buses have to be sanitized daily and 50 per cent strength of the seats be used to ensure social distancing while commuting between schools and homes.

Apart from this, schools have been asked not to encourage organizing of events, due to which there is crowding. If some students want to study from home, using online means, they have to be allowed to do so, as per the SOP.