The Education Ministry of India issued guidelines or SOPs for the reopening of schools across the country.

Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank announced the SOPs. Here are some important highlights to certain FAQs:

👉🏼 States/UT Governments may take a decision in respect of reopening of schools and coaching institutions ONLY after 15th October in a graded manner.

👉🏼 States/UTs to prepare their own SOPs regarding health and safety precaution for reopening of schools based on the SOP to be issued by DoSEL, Education Ministry Of India. States/UTs may adopt or adapt the SOP as per local context and requirements.

👉🏼 Schools, allowed to, open must follow the guideline prepared by State/UT Education Departments based on SOP of DoSEL. These SOPs comprise of two-parts//
1️⃣ Health, hygiene & sanitisation;
2️⃣ Learning with physical & social distancing;

👉🏼 Students may attend schools only with the “written consent of parents”. There will be flexibility in attendance norms. Students may opt for online classes rather than physically attend school.

👉🏼 Precautions to be taken for preparing and serving Mid-Day Meal in schools. The alternative academic calendar of NCERT may be followed.

👉🏼 No assessment till up to 2-3 weeks of school reopening. Use of ICT & online learning shall continue to be encouraged.

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