GUWAHATI: Following the direction of the state government, students of class IX to XII across the state, after a gap of over six months, have arrived in their respective schools to attend classes maintaining all COVID-19 related safety protocols on Monday. However, the number of such students attending classes is very less.
When the EastMojo visited different schools here, the historic TC Government HS School in Guwahati on Monday witnessed zero attendance as a number of parents refused to send students to schools at present circumstances.
“Whatever be the government directives, I am not mentally prepared to send my daughter to school now. I will try my level best to update her studies at home only,” one of the parents on condition of anonymity said.
Assam government has already announced that formal classes will resume in schools for Class IX, X, XI and XII standard students from Monday. While the Central government has also laid down guidelines to be followed while resuming the classes, the State Government has also come up with its own SOP for resumption of formal education in the institutions.
The state health department will conduct random testing of teachers and students on weekly basis. On a given day, 10 per cent of the students and staff will be tested.
For students of IX and XII, classes will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while for students of X and XI, classes will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The educational institutions were sanitized over the last few days. For every class, the students will be divided into two batches, if the number of students in the class is above 20. Classes for the first batch will be held from 9 am to 12 noon, while for the second batch, classes will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm.
The State Government’s SOP will be in force for 15 days after which it will be revised observing the situation.
Students attending classes will have to produce an undertaking from their parents that they have no objection to their wards attending school.
The total number of teaching and non-teaching staff will be restricted to 50 per cent. Teachers having co-morbidity will be exempted from attending duty.
In case any student is found to be positive for the virus, he or she will be immediately isolated and a risk assessment will be undertaken by the public health authorities and accordingly follow-up action will be taken.
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