PATNA: Secondary and higher secondary schools of the state shall reopen for students of higher classes (IX to XII) on September 28 as per fresh guidelines issued by the education department here on Tuesday.
Attending classes is not mandatory for students. Students will be allowed to attend their classes only on written permission from their guardians. Not more than 50 percent of teachers and non-teaching staff would attend the school daily and only one-third of students would be allowed to attend their classes in day. Thus, a student would be able to attend his classes only for two days in a week as per the schedule to be fixed by schools.
These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting of education department officials held here on Tuesday in the light of the prevailing situation due to Covid-19 pandemic. It was decided that no student or teacher from the containment zone would be allowed to come to school. Details of guidelines for conduct of classes would be issued in a couple of days.
The education department guidelines further state that students would go to their schools under the proper guidance of their parents, observing all precautionary measures. Boys and girls would have to wear face masks throughout their stay in school and maintain social distancing in the classrooms as well as on the campus. They will have to carry their own sanitizers and wash their hands regularly in schools.
According to state secondary education department additional secretary-cum-dirctor Giriwar Dayal Singh, private schools would also be allowed to reopen for higher classes after following the guidelines of the education department. Schools have been directed to get their campuses thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before starting the classes. They have also been directed to implement all the guidelines of the health department with regard to the safety from Covid-19 infection.
State higher education department director Rekha Kumari said that online classes will continue to be held as usual in schools and colleges of the state. Children studying in classes upto VIII will attend only online classes. A separate guidelines for colleges and universities of the state would be issued on Wednesday, she added.
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