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Schools To Reopen After 5 Months: Health Ministry Announces Dates

The Health Ministry has allowed the reopening of schools  for students of classes 9th to 12th from September 21, 2020.

The ministry has issued a set of guidelines for reopening of schools. It is meant to serve as a guide to schools on the safety measures they need to take during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), the ministry said that physical distancing of at least 6 feet must be followed. Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in staff rooms, office areas (including reception area), and other places (mess, libraries, cafeterias, etc.)

For now, the presence of only 50 per cent teaching and non-teaching staff will be allowed, the government has said.

Here’r Few Important Guidelines:

  1. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.
  2. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
  3. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible.
  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.
  5. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
  6. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
  7. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible.

It is also stated that schools outside the containment zones only shall be allowed to open. Further, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the school.

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