Health Ministry issues SOPs for resumption of schools, colleges from Sept 21


NEW DELHI | SEPT 09, 2020:

The Ministry of Health and Family welfare on Tuesday issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the resumption of schools and colleges for class 9 to 12 voluntarily from September 21.

As per the guidelines, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend.

Before resumption of activities, all work areas intended for teaching/demonstrations etc., including laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces.

To ensure physical distancing of six feet is maintained, schools have been asked to draw markings on the floor in staff rooms, office areas,  library, cafeteria and also design classroom seating accordingly.

Attendance for students will be voluntary and only to seek guidance from teachers. Online classes will continue. Those attending school will have to wear masks compulsorily. "This will be subject(ed) to the written consent of their parents/guardians. Such visits and teacher-student interaction must be organized in a staggered manner," read the notification.

All entry points to the schools will have hand sanitizer and thermal screening for temperature.

Upon reopening, morning assembly, sports and any event or activity that could lead to crowding will not be allowed.

Sharing of items such as class notes and stationery amongst students will also be prohibited.

The ministry stated that skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted from September 21.