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Punjab school education department issues SOPs for reopening of schools

After the decision of reopening of schools, the education department has also issued detailed guidelines for schools in areas outside containment zones to ensure safety of the students amid Covid-19. Punjab School Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla the detailed guidelines on reopening of schools have been sent to all district education officers and school authorities for precise implementation while allowing students to attend physical classes.

Mr. Vijay Inder Singla said that after reopening schools, the online/distance learning shall also continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and attendance of all students will not be mandatory.  “As the schools are already conducting online classes, and parents of some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so. The students will be able to attend the physical classes only with the written consent of parents,” the minister added.

Mr. Vijay Inder Singla informed that the parents should also ensure that their ward going to school will be wearing a mask and made them aware not to exchange masks with others. He added that the parents should also encourage their ward to wear full-sleeved clothes to minimize the interaction with any public surface.

Mr. Singla said, “If the strength of the students is large in the school and social distancing norms are not maintainable, in that case School Head/ Management may take a decision whether to hold the classes in two shifts or call the students at alternate days, at their own level.”

Mr. Singla said that the staff and students belonging to containment zones shall not attend the school and other educational institutions. He added that as per the recommendations of MoHFW, older, pregnant and other employees who have underlying medical conditions to take extra precautions, should preferably not be exposed to any frontline work requiring direct contact with the students.

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