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Schools in the country will re-open from September 21: Guidelines issued by health ministry

The schools in the country will re-open from September 21. The schools will re-open as per the guidelines issued by the Union Home Ministry regarding Unlock.4.0.

Union Health Ministry on September 8 issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a partial reopening of schools for students of 9th to 12th classes.

According to the guidelines, seating arrangement has to be made to ensure a distance of six feet between chairs and desks and the teaching faculty will ensure they and students wear masks throughout the conduct of the teaching/guidance activities.

“Sharing of items like notebook, pens/pencil, eraser, water bottle etc. amongst students should not be allowed. Cafeteria/mess facility, if any within the premises, shall remain closed,” the guidelines stated. The concerned teaching and non-teaching employees (up to 50% of the strength) may be called to schools for online teaching/tele-counselling and related work.

Disallowing sharing of notebooks, pens/pencils, water bottles, etc, among students, prohibition of assemblies and sports, encouraging online learning, entry of asymptomatic persons are some of the guidelines.

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