According to the guidelines, schools will be functioning as per regular school timings wherein students and the school staff have to mandatorily wear masks, maintain social distancing and sanitize self and the school premises regularly. Apart from class 9-12, no other classes shall reopen physically for students.
All the schools have to obtain written consent from parents/guardians for students to attend physical classes. “Students willing to study from home with the consent of the parent, may be allowed to do so. Students of other than above mentioned classes shall not attend school,” read the guidelines.
There is no detention policy up to class 8 and the schedule for class 10 exams will be issued separately. “Every child who is willing to write the relevant exam shall be allowed to do so without insisting on minimum attendance,” read the guidelines.
The government has asked all headmasters to prepare a customized seating plan as per the classroom size to ensure physical distance of up to six feet between any two students. “The customized seating plan for every school in the district shall be submitted to the district education officers by the concerned headmasters. DEOs shall submit the consolidated report of the district to the director of school education by January 18, 2021,” stated the guidelines.
Staggered timings have to be maintained for entry and exit, midday meals, transportation, laboratory use among other school infrastructure. Not just that, managements have been asked to establish a medical plan for every school/hostel wherein nearby primary health care centers, isolation rooms, counsellors etc. are identified.