Imphal: Following the considerably low COVID-19 positive cases over the past few months in Manipur, the state government has decided to reopen the schools for students studying at Class 9 and above from November 10.

The government has also announced resumption of classes for all undergraduate and post-graduate students studying at various colleges and educational institutions across Manipur.

“However, the re-opening of schools, colleges and other educational institutions shall be subject to observance of COVID-19 SoPs and guidelines issued by the health department,” said a notification issued by Commissioner (Education-S/Hr. & Tech.Edn) M Harekrishna.

And with regard to the compliance of SoP, the department advised for specific arrangements at the level of the head of the school/college/institute.

“Also, attendance of students must not be enforced and will be purely based on parental consent,” it said.

Meanwhile, in order to maintain proper social distancing of 6ft between two benches, all educational institutes have been advised to permit only a specific number of students in a class at a given time and conduct classes on rotational basis.

It will be the responsibility of all the school authorities or college or institutes to ensure that the learning gap of the students is duly compensated as per guidelines issued by the state government from time to time, said Harekrishna.

In the event of sickness of the student or a family member, the student is advised to stay at home.

It also said that in case of emergency or related health checkup, the schools, colleges and other educational institutions will have to provide isolation facilities and tie up with the nearest health center or joint director of health service.

It further instructed that wearing of face cover/masks by the students, teachers, staff and all stakeholders will be mandatory along with regular hand washing wit soap and alcohol-based hand sanitisers and following the COVID-19 safety guidelines issued by the state health department from time to time.

Moreover, all the non-vaccinated teaching and non-teaching staff, including those who got only first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, have been asked to undergo RTPCR testing every 20 days and submit the report to the head of the institutions.

In order to monitor the resumption and safe operations of all educational institutions, the district commissioners of all districts were asked to constitute a District Level Task Force Committee with the concerned deputy commissioner as chairman and the zonal educating officer in the district, principals of colleges, head of institutes as member secretary along with district chief medical off and community leaders as members.

The district-level Task Force Committee will be responsible for assessment of COVID-19 situation and ensure enforcement of the SoP and feasibility of school/college/institute reopening, it added.

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