Schools across the country reopened partially from Monday. As part of Unlock 4, the government has allowed partial reopening of schools for students from Classes 9 to 12 on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from teachers.
The central government had publicized shutting of education institutions in the last week of March to contain the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this month, the government released SOPs where it stated that written consent of parents or guardians will be required and the visits for teacher-student interactions must take place in a staggered manner.
Students are also not allowed to share notebooks, pens/pencils, water bottles. Assemblies and sports have been prohibited. A distance of 6 feet should be maintained between chairs, desks and the teaching faculty should ensure that they as well as students have covered their mouth and nose with face mask throughout the conduct of the activities.
It is important to note that while the schools have been legalized to open, no regular classes are allowed still. Also, a maximum 50% staff - both teaching and non-teaching staff is allowed. Students of only classes 9 to 12 have been permitted to go to school to seek guidance from their teachers. This, however, is not mandatory and strictly voluntary and would require written permission from their parents/guardians.
So, are you sending your kids to school?