GUWAHATI: All the educational institutes including the lower primary schools in Assam are reopening from today after months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision has been taken to reopen the educational institutes for regular classes as COVID-19 situation has been improving in the state.
According to the official notification, the lower primary section from class I to V will reopen in a staggered manner for the first time after the COVID-induced lockdown.
Extensive safety protocol has been prepared for reopening of schools, including thorough sanitization of classrooms and proper monitoring of COVID-19 safety adherence by the administrations apart from heads of the institutions.
Classes for I, II and III standards will be held on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The students of class IV and V will attend the schools on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The classes will be held from 9 AM to 1.45 PM.
Mid-day meals will be provided from 12.15 PM to 12.45 PM.
The attendances of the students will not be considered as mandatory. They will be allowed to attend the schools with prior permission from the guardians.
The school authorities can also continue the online classes if they wish.
No cultural functions or meetings will be allowed at the schools till further order.
On the other hand, children below the age of 5 years will not be allowed to attend the schools.
COVID-19 tests for the teachers and mid-day meal workers have been made mandatory. They will undergo rapid antigen tests once in every month.
Upper primary, secondary and senior secondary sections in institutions – both government and private – will function in the normal manner from January 1 and the respective head of institution will be responsible for ensuring the COVID protocols. There will be no cultural function, meetings, etc, until further orders.
The colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnics, universities, etc, will function normally as per their academic calendar and guidelines issued by the UGC and AICTE.