Health Ministry issues SOPs for reopening of schools

Health Ministry issues SOPs

In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic, the schools are closed from mid-March. In line with the Unlock 4.0 Guidelines, the government has allowed partial reopening of schools for students in their higher classes.

For the opening, Union Health Ministry has now issued SOPs or Guidelines that needs to be followed for the same. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued the guidelines, which provided the necessary SOPs and norms that are to be followed for the partial reopening of schools from 21st Sept 2020.

The reopening of schools would be applicable to only those students who are Class 9 and above. Even such students would be allowed to visit schools for doubt solving sessions on voluntary basis. Students will need to submit a declaration signed by their parents in order to visit schools during this period.

Also read: Health Ministry issues SOPs for students from containment zones

Detailed guidelines issued by the Health Ministry:

-Physical Distancing of 6 Ft to be followed by teachers and students

-Face masks and face covers are mandatory while on school premises

-Hand Hygiene to be ensured through frequent hand washing

-Respiratory etiquettes like covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing to be followed strictly

-Self-Monitoring of health and reporting of illness at the earliest

-Installation and Use of Aarogya Setu App advised

-Only Schools outside containment zones allowed to reopen

-Students, teachers residing in containment zones not allowed to visit schools

-Complete school campus, including all work areas laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution

-Schools used as quarantine centres to undergo deep sanitization and cleaning process

-50% of teaching and non-teaching staff allowed to visit schools

-Class 9 to 12 students allowed to visit schools on voluntary basis

-Contactless attendance system to be developed and followed for teachers and students

-Assemblies, sports and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited

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