An order released by the principal secretary notified that the Standard Operating Procedure will come into impact from September 21, and shall be operative for the subsequent 15 days.
The Assam government on Wednesday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for resuming schools within the state from September 21, following the Central Government unlock 4 guidelines. After six months from the date of closure of schools, the state secondary schooling division notified the SOP for reopening of instructional establishments in Assam from classes 9 to 12. The SOPs for resuming schools have been designed considering all the COVID-19 protocols and safety measures for students and teachers as well.
An order from the principal secretary to the state secondary schooling division B Kalyan Chakravarthy notified that the SOP will come into impact from September 21, and shall be operative for the subsequent 15 days. Subsequently, the SOP shall be modified after observing the state of affairs for 15 days from September 21, he added.
SOPs for resuming of schools for class 9 to 12 students in Assam:
• According to the present guidelines issued by the state secondary education department, only students from Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 will come to schools and other classes will remain suspended until further notice will be issued.
• The SOPs further stated that for students of Classes 9 and 11, classes will be held only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while classes for Students of 10th and 12th will be conducted only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
• Additionally the SOPs said that each class will be divided into two batches (unless the number of students in a particular class is 20 or less). Classes for the first batch of students will be conducted from 9AM to 12 PM, whereas for the second batch, classes will be held from 1 PM to 4 PM. • Moreover, school authorities are required to make sure that the first batch of students are sent home before the resumption of classes for the second batch.
• The SOPs also strictly mentioned that students will come to school only if their parents do not have any objection in this regard and an undertaking or confirmation in this regard must be submitted by the students to their respective school authority. Considering the Covid-19 situation, the total number of teaching, as well as non-teaching staff in schools, is to be restricted to 50% as per the SOPs.
• The schools with Classes from 9 to 12 have also been instructed to ensure the continuation of distance/online learning, despite re-opening. Besides, arrangements for contactless attendance and ensuring social distancing wherever feasible is also instructed in the SOPs.
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