The Uttar Pradesh government is all set to reopen schools from February 10, 2021 for classes 6-8 and from March 1 for students of classes 1-5 amid the pandemic. The government has issued guidelines for schools before resuming their operations.
As per the Basic Education Department of Uttar Pradesh, only 50 per cent of the students would be permitted to attend the classes which will be held only twice a week for now.
Director of Basic Education, Sarvandra Vikram Bahadur Singh shared a timetable for classes one to eight. The school authorities have been ordered to take all the precautionary measures against COVID-19 while conducting the classes. Students will also be offered mid-day meals following the safety measures in the schools. The government strictly noted that outside vendors shall not be permitted to sell food inside school premises and students will have to bring their own stationery.
It is not mandatory for students to attend offline classes and schools need to get written consent from parents before calling students. As per the guidelines, “It will be mandatory for all the schools to get a written consent letter from parents to send their students for attending classes. Parents will also give complete information about the health status of students and about their national and international travel, if any. In case any student wants to continue studies from home, then he would be given an option to study online.”
It further read that regular sanitization of the school premises is compulsory according to the necessary protocols and the schools’ administration must make arrangements for thermal scanning and masks and ensure that social distancing is practiced.
In an attempt to control the issues related to overcrowding, the guidelines state that there would be separate entry and exit gates in the school premises. It added that the schools should avoid any kind of celebrations, sports competitions or organizing festivals in the premises.
According to the Union Health Ministry, UP has reported over 4,438 active cases, 5,88,148 recoveries and around 8,686 fatalities.