Tribune News Service
Faridkot, October 7
Two days after the Union Education Ministry released guidelines for reopening schools and asked the states to frame their own Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for health and safety precautions based on their local requirements, the Secretary, School Education Department, Punjab, on Wednesday sent his advisory report to Additional chief secretary, Department of Home Affairs and Justice, for reopening of schools in the state from October 15.
The secretary has written that to begin with, only the students from Classes 9 to 12 may be allowed in the reopened schools.
Regarding the guidelines for the schools, the secretary wrote that the schools shall be opened only for three hours a day.
Where the number of students are more, teachers many be called in two shifts of three hours to teach the students. All the safety measures and sanitisation will be adhered to, the secretary recommended.
The minimum distance between the one student and another shall be as per the SOP issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. On an average there will not be more than 20 students in a section to attend the classes. No two students should be allowed to sit on the same bench and the minimum distance between the two benches shall be adhered to.
The other protocols like using sanitisers, wearing masks, etc., shall be followed strictly, the secretary wrote in his comments to the additional chief secretary.
As per the “Guidelines for Health and Safety protocols for Reopening of Schools and Learning with Physical/Social Distancing”, issued by the Union Education Ministry on Monday, the reopening of the schools and coaching institutions after October 15, will be opened in a graded manner for which the State/UT Government may take a decision in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation and subject to the following conditions.