Schools must ensure smooth transition from home-based schooling to formal schooling says Education Ministry


The Education Ministry released guidelines on Monday for reopening schools, which included thorough cleaning and disinfection of premises, flexibility in attendance, no assessment for up to three weeks and ensuring a smooth transition from home-based schooling during COVID-19 lockdown to formal schooling.

"Schools must arrange and implement for thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, furniture, equipment, stationery, storage places, water tanks, kitchens, canteen, washroom, laboratories, libraries, on the school campus and ensure airflow in indoor space," the ministry said in a set of guidelines for the gradual reopening of schools from October 15.

"Schools may be encouraged to make their own SOPs based on the guidelines issued by states and UTs, keeping in view the safety and physical or social distancing norms, and ensuring that the notices, posters, messages, communication to parents in this regard are prominently displayed and disseminated," it said.

Flexible attendance and sick leave policies may be implemented to encourage students and staff to stay at home when sick. Students may attend schools only with the written consent of parents and opt for online classes rather than physically attend school.

However, as per the latest unlock guidelines, schools, colleges and other educational institutions can reopen outside containment zones after October 15. The decision on whether to reopen educational institutions has been left with states and union territories.