Guidelines schools have to follow from Sept 21


Here are Guidelines schools have to follow. The Centre issues guidelines for partial reopening of schools from Sept 21.

General Guidelines 

  1. Only schools outside the containment zones allowed to open after September 21. Students/ teachers and staff from containment zones will not be allowed to attend the schools. Students and teachers to be advised not visit containment zones while attending school.
  2. Schools that were used as quarantine centres during the lockdown have to be properly sanitized and deep cleaned as per the SOPs released by MoHFW.
  3. Generic Preventive Measures like physical distancing, mandatory use of face covers/ masks, frequent hand washing and self-monitoring of health, reporting of any illness to be followed.
  4. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly – Spitting to be strictly prohibited.
  5. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu app may be advised and encouraged wherever feasible
  6. The Guidelines also suggest conducting classes in open spaces within the school campuses – weather permitting.
  7. For air-conditioning/ventilation, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30o C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.
  8. Prior to resumption of activities, all work areas intended for teaching/demonstrations etc., including laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces.
  9. Mandatory hand hygiene (sanitizer dispenser) and thermal screening provisions to be made at the entrance. Schools also advised to provide multiple gates/separate gates for entry and exit – if feasible. Strict regulation of visitors to the school has to be maintained and followed.
  10. Symptomatic persons – teachers/ staff/ students would not be allowed inside the schools and would be referred to the nearest health centre.

SOPs for conducting classes

  1. Seating arrangement to ensure a distance of 6 feet between chairs, desks etc.
  2. Staggering of guidance activities to be done, with separate timing slots, to allow for adequate physical distancing and disinfection of classroom premises
  3. The teaching faculty will ensure that they themselves and students wear masks throughout the conduct of the teaching/guidance activities.
  4. Sharing of items like notebook, pens/pencil, eraser, water bottle etc. amongst students should not be allowed.
  5. Activities in common areas would have to conducted while maintaining proper distancing.
  6. Activities like assemblies, sports activities that can lead to over-crowding would not be permitted for the time being.
  7. Also, swimming pool (wherever applicable), school cafeterias would remain closed.

Read full guideline here.

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