Guidelines released for reopening of schools, details here


NEW DELHI: Union health and welfare ministry on Tuesday stated that only schools outside the containment zones will be permitted to reopen from September 21 for classes 9 to 12 on the voluntary basis. Also, the staff and students living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the schools.

Students can visit schools on a voluntary basis, to take guidance from teachers. Also, they will have to take written permission from their parents for the visit.

Student-teacher interaction will take place in a staggered manner.

These SOPs are in addition to specific measures that will be taken when schools allow students to come for guidance purpose.

These will also apply to skill or entrepreneurship institutions, higher educational institutions conducting doctoral courses and post graduate studies.

Detailed SOPs are available on the health ministry’s website

Schools and educational institutions have been closed since March as the pandemic started spreading across the country. Since then, online classes are being conducted, and will continue for the time being.

After four phases of nationwide lockdown, from March 25 to May 31, the country started reopening from June 1. Currently, Unlock 4 is in effect; it began on September 1 and will end on September 30.