Health ministry issues guidelines for reopening schools from 9 to 12 classes on voluntary basis

Health ministry on Tuesday released the SOP for a partial reopening of schools for students of 9th to 12th classes voluntarily, for taking guidance from their teachers.

All States/UTs are expected to comply with the COVID-19 related guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

Generic Preventive Measures

i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.

ii. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.

iii. Frequent handwashing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible.

iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly.

v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.

vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.

vii. Installation & use of the Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible.

All schools (with classes IX to XII) shall specifically ensure the following arrangements

i. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

ii. Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school voluntarily for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to the written consent of their parents/guardians. Such visits and teacher-student interaction must be organized in a staggered manner.

The detailed SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9 th to 12th classes can be read from the link provided below.

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