As schools in Punjab are set to reopen from at present, the state’s School Education Department on Thursday issued detailed guidelines for academic institutes in areas exterior containment zones to guarantee college students’ security amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Punjab School Education (*12*) Vijay Inder Singla on Wednesday had knowledgeable that schools within the state for classes V to XII will reopen from January 7 with Covid-19 protocols in place. The schools will stay open from 10 am to 3 pm.
However, Singla emphasised at present that on-line or distance studying shall proceed to be the popular mode of educating, regardless of the reopening of schools, and attendance of all college students won’t be obligatory.
“As the schools are already conducting online classes, and parents of some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so. The students will be able to attend the physical classes only with the written consent of parents,” the (*12*) was quoted as saying within the launch.
Singla mentioned that the mother and father also needs to guarantee and encourage that their wards put on a masks and full-sleeved garments whereas attending schools to reduce the interplay with any public floor and educate them to not trade the masks with others.
“If the strength of the students is large in the school and social distancing norms are not maintainable, in that case, school head or management may take a decision whether to hold the classes in two shifts or call the students at alternate days, at their own level,” the discharge learn.
The School Education (*12*) mentioned that the employees and college students belonging to containment zones shall not attend the college and different academic establishments, and added that as per the suggestions of Union Health Ministry, older, pregnant and different staff who’ve underlying medical situations to take additional precautions, ought to ideally not be uncovered to any frontline work requiring direct contact with the scholars.
As per the state authorities, schools can have to mark the seats of scholars in school rooms making certain a distance of a minimal of six ft, and equally, social distancing shall even be maintained within the staffrooms, workplace space, hostels, and different locations of public interplay.
The schools may even have to make sure the set up of posters/messages/stickers and signage at acceptable locations reminding college students about sustaining social distancing, and won’t undertake occasions the place social distancing won’t be doable.
“However, school assembly may be conducted by the students in their respective classrooms or outdoor spaces or other available spaces and halls under the guidance of the class teacher,” the discharge added.