With schools in the state reopening for classes 10 and 12 beginning Monday, most schools, including private ones, were busy Sunday putting the finishing touches on their preparation, per standard operating procedure (SOP). issued by the state department of education and school literacy. .
On Sunday, the department of education held a webinar, which was attended by district education officials (DEO) and assistant superintendents of education (DSE), to assess the readiness of schools.
Jharkhand Educational Projects Council (JEPC) Special Projects Officer (SPO) Abhinav Kumar said: “Interested DEOs and DSCs were briefed on the SOP in detail. In an attempt to avoid chaos, the readiness of the schools was also evaluated ”.
Schools would receive certain funds to take precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus infection, including masks, thermal scanners and disinfectants, the SPO said. However, schools have been asked to use their own development funds until the fund reaches them, he said.
The department has issued a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) to reopen schools for classes 10 and 12 in view of upcoming examinations from the three boards: Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council of Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) next year.
Hand washing, disinfection, face masks and social distancing are on the strict checklist made for students and teachers in an attempt to fight Covid-19 when entering school campuses, according to the SOP published Saturday by the night.
The SOP states that not all students would be called at once. Instead, they would be given the entry on alternate days based on their list numbers, following the odd-even formula. However, most schools had not informed tutors until Sunday night about the development.
According to the SOP, schools will operate in two shifts: students from class 10 will be called on the first shift, while those from class 12 will be called on the second.
However, tutors will need to submit a written statement, stating that they are sending their wards to schools to seek guidance from teachers in view of upcoming board examinations. They must also mention name, class, roll number, address and mobile number in the declaration.
In addition to students, schools’ teaching and non-teaching staff will also need to undergo a thermal scan before entering campus. Your temperature will be monitored daily. Sanitizers or soap will be kept at entry points and students will be allowed to enter only after properly washing or sanitizing their hands, per guidelines.
Students in containment zones will not be allowed to go to schools.
In addition, if any student becomes ill during class, the corresponding health center and their tutors will be informed immediately.
Schools have also been asked to post the numbers for the state helpline, local administration and health officials on bulletin boards and elsewhere. However, the high schools that were converted into quarantine centers for Covid-19 patients and suspects would not reopen on Monday. They would reopen after proper disinfection.