Uttarakhand government schools set to open on Monday after 7 months – education
After an interval of more than seven months, schools will reopen for classes 10-12 in Uttarakhand starting Monday.
The school education department has made all the preparations to open schools ensuring social and physical distancing.
Asharani Painuly, director of education for the Dehradun district, said that all education officers in the bloc have conducted inspections at all schools to ensure that all disinfection protocols, mask availability and social distancing regulations are applied.
“All the inspections have been carried out and we are satisfied with the arrangements made in the schools. Only one private boarding school is opening in Dehradun as of now and many others are still waiting for parental consent to send their students to school. But all other arrangements have been made, ”said the director of education.
Furthermore, he said that only 50% of the students will be sitting in a classroom.
“Classrooms typically have an occupancy of 40 students, of which a maximum of 20 students will only be seated in a particular classroom. For schools with more students, a shift system will be followed to avoid overcrowding, ”he added.
According to the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the Uttarakhand government for the reopening of schools, the school administration will have to follow many conditions including disinfection of school facilities before and after school every day , arrangements will be made in schools for disinfectants, hand washing, screening, first aid. If any student or teacher shows symptoms of COVID, they must be sent home immediately, social distancing must be ensured while students enter and leave school, and the use of face masks by all students and teachers must be ensured . The Uttarakhand government has also mentioned that schools that follow all the SOP guidelines will not be held liable if students test positive for COVID-19 after classes resume.
Prem Kashyap, president of the ‘progressive schools’ principals association, a body of private schools in Uttarakhand, said that around 200 private schools across the state will reopen from Monday.
“Few schools will reopen from Monday, some from November 5 and will rest after Deepawali. Different schools have chosen different dates to make sure they arrange to follow all the guidelines mentioned in the state government’s SOP, ”said Kashyap.
He added that residential schools have ensured that social and physical distancing rules are followed in dormitories, dining rooms and other common spaces in schools.
“Residential school students have been asked to meet with a negative test report and will be quarantined for a week before being transferred to their dormitories. All staff involved in the school kitchen will have to wear masks, head coverings, then vegetables and food will be kept in the sun for at least four hours before meals are prepared. Visits from parents and family members will also be reduced and students will be able to reunite with family only for specific urgent reasons, ”Kashyap added.
In the Nainital district, only public schools will reopen.
KK Gupta, Nainital education director, said: “There are 190 government and government-assisted schools in Nainital. In accordance with the SOP issued by the state government, sanitation and seating arrangements have been made within a two-yard radius at these schools. Only public schools will open as of Monday, as private schools have sought more time to meet SOP guidelines. ”
Alok Saah, Public Relations Officer for Nainital Private Schools Association, said: “We will meet with the district education director on Monday and raise our issues with them. After that, we will meet and decide on opening schools. ”