State education department has announced SOP for reopening of classes for students from classes 9 to 12 beginning from September 21 Credit: Representational Image

Guwahati: The state education department has announced the standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of classes for students from grades 9 to 12 beginning from September 21. The rest of the classes will continue to remain suspended.

The SOP notified that students will attend classes on alternate days. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes will be conducted for students of 9 and 12 standard, whereas students of 10 and 11 standard will have to come to schools on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Furthermore, the SOP stated that in each class, students will get divided into two batches, if the number of students in the class is more than twenty. The first batch will have their classes in the morning session which would be held from 9 am to 12 noon. And classes for the second batch would begin from 1 pm till 4 pm.

The school authorities will have to make sure that students from the first batch have left the school premises entirely before classes for the second batch could commence.

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“Students will come to the school provided their parents have no objection and as such written undertaking/confirmation should be produced in the schools,” the SOP added. It was further clarified that the schools will not function in full capacity, “The total number of teaching and non-teaching staff will be restricted to 50 “per cent was mentioned in the order.

Also, random samples will be collected from teachers and students and for testing every week; this will amount to ten per cent of students and staff getting tested in a day.

All COVID-19 safety guidelines will have to be followed during the teaching-learning process by everyone present at the schools. Teacher and students will both have to wear face covers, maintain physical distancing, respiratory etiquette, use of santizer at all entry points, etc. “Instead of biometric attendance, alternate arrangements for contactless attendance shall be made by the school administration. At all times, the teachers and students shall maintain a physical distancing of 6 feet apart, wherever feasible,” specified the order.

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Teachers and staff with co-morbidity are exempted from attending classes.

Another notification was issued by the principal secretary to the state secondary schooling division, B Kalyan Chakravarthy acknowledging the SOP that will come into effect from September 21 and shall continue at least for the next 15 days. Upon observing the occurrences of the two weeks, the SOP can get modified.

The order comes six months after classes were adjourned owing to the coronavirus outbreak. Educational institutions have remained shut in the state since March 15. Despite classes being held through online mode is on, the participation of students have been fairly low due various limitations.

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