Finally, news of school reopening has been come up for schools from The Ministry of Home Affairs as it issued the guidelines for the reopening of schools for classes 9th to 12th from Sep 21, 2020.
The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are issued by the MHA which has several health and safety measures listed to ensure that students can attend classes safely without compromising their academics.
Students from class 9th to 12th will have the option of attending the classes remotely/virtually or physically only on a voluntary basis subject to prior written permission of parent/guardian.(Reopening of schools for classes 9th to 12th from Sep 21)
Physical distancing is mandatory
It is stated in the guidelines that physical distancing of at least 6 feet is to be followed as far as feasible. Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in staff rooms, office areas (including reception area), and other places (mess, libraries, cafeterias, etc.)
As per the SOPs, assemblies, sports, and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited. The usage of face masks and regular washing of hands with soap is mandatory for all students and staff present on campus.
It is also stated that schools outside the containment zones only shall be allowed to open. Further, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the school. Students, teachers and employees shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones.
Reopening of schools for classes 9th to 12th from Sep 21
Swimming pools to remain closed
It is also stated that swimming pools (wherever applicable) shall remain closed and gymnasiums shall follow MoHFW guidelines.
The school needs to display State helpline numbers and also numbers of local health authorities etc. to teachers /students/employees to contact in case of any emergency.
For air-conditioning/ventilation, — the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30o C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.
Lockers of students will remain in use, as long as physical distancing and regular disinfection is maintained, stated the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Source – indiatoday.in