Parental consent and staggered visits under the SOPs for schools
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NEW DELHI: As part of the phased release of activities, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued Standard Operating Instructions (SOPs) on Tuesday for the partial reopening of secondary and upper secondary schools.

The preventive measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 are also intended for skill or entrepreneurship training institutions, higher education institutions running doctoral courses, and postgraduate studies.

According to the SOP for the reopening of the school, which is to come into force on September 21, 2020, pupils from grade IX onwards may “voluntarily” attend schools in order to receive advice from their teachers.

Students are allowed to attend schools with the written consent of their parents / guardians, and visits and interaction between teachers and students must be organized on a tiered basis. In the SOP for higher education, it was stated that the entrepreneurship training is registered in national qualification institutes, industrial training institutes, short-term training centers, registered with the National Skill Development Corporation or with State Skill Development Missions or other ministries of the Government of India or the State Government of the National Institute Allowed for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIES BUD), Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) and their training providers.

For higher education institutions, conducting doctoral or technical and professional programs that require laboratory / experimental work is permitted by the Department of Higher Education in consultation with the Home Office. Only schools and higher education institutions outside the security zones are allowed to open.

In addition, students, teachers and employees living in security zones are not allowed to visit the school / facilities and are advised not to visit areas that fall in security zones.

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