The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued new guidelines “Unlock 4” on managing the spread of COVID-19 further relaxing a range of restrictions on movement and activities. According to the guidelines schools and colleges will remain closed till September 30.
Educational institutions will continue to remain closed but academic functions are allowed provided they do not involve a congregation of more than a 100 persons at a time.
Schools and colleges will not be allowed to hold regular class activity till September 30. However, after September 21, some of the restrictions will be lifted but only outside containment zones.
The MHA permits institutions to call 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff at a time to conduct online classes. Students in Class 9 to 12 may be permitted to visit their schools, in areas outside the containment zones only, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents or guardians.
In higher educational institutions, only PhD research scholars and postgraduate students in technical and professional courses requiring laboratories and working on experiments may be allowed back.