Following the lockdown, the government had issued instructions to open the school from Thursday, which led to the opening of government schools in Gurugram district of Haryana. However, most private schools remained closed. Private school operators guarded the school from opening after a survey by parents. However, children did not reach the government schools that were opened. Children have arrived for counseling like normal days in government schools. The children were allowed inside the school only after checking under the rules of Kovid-19. However, the number of children being consulted was also quite low.

The Central Government had approved the reopening of the schools in a phased manner under the Unlock 5 Guidelines. The final decision was to be taken by the state governments. Most of the states including Delhi and Maharashtra have not yet decided to reopen the schools. 

Main guidelines related to the reopening of school

– Assessment test will not have to be taken until two-three weeks after the school opens.
– Alternative academic calendar prepared by NCERT can be implemented in schools.
– Care must be taken when preparing and serving mid-day meals in schools.
– Cleaning and disinfecting will have to be made at all places in the school premises including kitchen, canteen, washroom, lab, library, etc.
Teams like Emergency Care Support / Response Team, General Support Team for All, Commodity Support Team, Hygiene Impact Team, etc. can be formed by all schools including responsibility.
According to the instructions issued by the Central Government and the concerned State Government, the schools themselves can make Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). This should include social distance and safety rules. Along with putting the school on the notice board, parents should be sent through the school’s communication system.
-While sitting in classes one must follow social distance, avoid schedules and events, make and follow time-to-school time and table.
-All the students and staff will come to school only by applying face cover or mask and will be wearing it throughout the time, especially during classes or in group functions or mess eating or testing in lab.
– Boards or notice boards detailing social distance and other important rules will have to be installed at various places in the school.
– Governments of states and union territories can seek consent from their parents for their children to go to school. Students who wish to continue their studies at home will be allowed.
-All students, parents, teachers and others have to be made aware of their role in fighting Kovid-19 as per instructions issued by Union Ministry of Education, Union Home Ministry and Union Health Family Welfare Ministry.
-Educational calendar has to be created for class and exam for all classes. The school should have a doctor or nurse or attendant full time.

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