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The Ministry of Health issued a Standardized Procedure (SOP) on Tuesday for partial reopening of schools for students in grades 9 through 12 to seek voluntary advice from their teachers.

The SOP follows the Interior Ministry’s Unlock 4 guidelines, which came into force on September 1st.

The Ministry of the Interior had stated that from September 21st, states and territories of the Union can allow up to 50 percent of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to schools for online lessons or for tele-advice and related work.

It is said that students in grades 9 to 12 are only allowed to attend their schools on a voluntary basis in areas outside the security zones to seek advice from their teachers. This requires the written consent of your parents or legal guardians.

The SOP, issued by the Ministry of Health, stated that sharing of items such as notebook, pen / pencil, eraser and water bottle should not be allowed among students.

He said there should be staggering of counseling activities with separate time windows to allow for appropriate physical distancing and disinfection of classrooms.

Ministry of Health guidelines stated that teachers, staff, and students should maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet wherever possible and that frequent hand washing with soap (at least 40-60 seconds) should be done.

The use of face coverings or masks remains mandatory.

Only schools that are outside the security zones are allowed to open. Students, teachers and employees who live in security zones are not allowed to attend school.

Students, teachers, and staff are also advised not to visit areas that fall into safety areas.

Before resuming work, all work areas designated for teaching or demonstration, including laboratories and other general utility areas, must be cleaned with a sodium hypochlorite percentage solution, paying particular attention to frequently touched surfaces.

The ministry said schools that have been used as quarantine centers should be properly rehabilitated and thoroughly cleaned before partially functioning.

She also asked the school administration to arrange for a contactless visit.

When weather permits, outdoor spaces can be used to conduct teacher-student interactions, taking into account student safety and physical distancing protocols, the guidelines say.

Gatherings, sports and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited.

The guidelines state that for air conditioning / ventilation the guidelines of the CPWD must be followed, which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning systems should be in the range of 24 to 30 degrees Celsius and the relative humidity in the range of 40 -70 Percent, the fresh air supply should be as high as possible and the cross ventilation should be sufficient.

Student lockers will remain in use as long as physical distance and regular disinfection are maintained. The pool remains closed.

Students in grades 9 to 12 have the option to attend the classes remotely / virtually or physically on a voluntary basis for advice from their teachers, provided this has been approved in writing by their parents / guardians.

The guidelines stated that cleaning and regular disinfection (using 1 percent sodium hypochlorite) of frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, chairs, benches, washroom facilities, etc.) is mandatory in all classrooms, laboratories, lockers, etc. Parking spaces, other common areas before class starts and at the end of the day.

India’s COVID-19 mark passed the 42 lakh mark on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), according to reports of 75,809 new cases.

1,133 deaths were reported within 24 hours.

The total number of cases is 42,80423 including 8,83,697 active cases, 33,23,951 healed / discharged / migrated cases, and 72,775 deaths.

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