New Delhi: The Delhi government on Monday issued a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for schools and colleges to reopen from September 1.
The guidelines announced by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) include mandatory thermal screening, lunch breaks, alternate seating arrangements in classes and avoidance of regular guest visits.
DDMA has said that students, teachers and other employees living in the Kovid Containment Zone will not be allowed to come to schools and colleges.
Delhi government issues SOP for reopening of schools and colleges from September 1; Calls for setting up of quarantine centers in all schools and colleges for emergency use; classes to operate at 50% capacity
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Following a marked improvement in the COVID situation in the national capital, the Delhi government on Friday announced that schools, colleges and coaching institutes for classes 9 to 12 would reopen from September 1.
The Delhi government had clarified that no student would be forced to attend physical classes and parental consent would be mandatory.
“Schools and colleges should prepare a timetable as per the occupancy limit of classes following the COVID norms. A maximum of 50 per cent students per class can be called on the basis of capacity. The seating arrangement should be done in such a way that Seats are to be occupied in an alternate manner,” read the DDMA guidelines notified on Monday.
“Since the situation varies from school to school and college to college, institutes may defer the schedule to avoid crowding in classes and at the main entrance or exit,” the DDMA said.
The guidelines state that lunch breaks can also be staggered and held in open areas as students will remove masks while having meals.
While the government has noted that activities like vaccination centers and ration distribution which were going on in various schools, DDMA said that the area used for these activities should be separated from the area which is used for educational activities. Will go
“All schools and colleges are advised to ensure that a quarantine room is available for emergency use. Regular guest visits should be discouraged,” the guidelines said.