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Assam: Educational institutions to re-open from Nov 2, issues SOP

Assam Education Minister Dr.Himanta Biswa Sarma in a press conference at Janata Bhawan today announced that the schools, and undergraduate colleges will resume from the 2nd of November amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reportedly, schools will re-open only for classes VI to XII, while the rest remain suspended.

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The Minister further mentioned the SOPs to be followed:

  • Staggered timetable will be followed for all the classes.
  • For students of classes VI, VII, IX, and XII will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • For students of classes VIII, X, and XI will be conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
  • Classes will be held in two batches, however, if in any class, total number of students is less than 20, then division in batch will not be required.
  • The first batch of students will attend classes from 8.30 am to 11.30 am while the second batch will attend classes from 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm.
  • Attendance of students must not be enforced and purely bases on parental consent.
  • Online mode of education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school.
  • COVID-19 protocols will have to be maintained as issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department/ NHM, Assam in coordination with the district administration.
  • Every school authority should coordinate with the nearest Health Centre/ Joint Director of Health service, in case of emergency and related health checkup.
  • Students commuting in school transport should feel safe and all safety protocols to be followed.
  • Use of face cover/masks by students, teachers, staff, and all stakeholders is mandatory and there should be thorough sanitization and cleaning of all areas inside the school premise. Working hand washing facilities should be available in the school.

It may be mentioned that the Union Ministry of Education has issued a fresh set of guidelines for the reopening of schools and coaching institutions from 15th October onward in a graded manner.

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