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8th September, 2020 Government of India Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Directorate General of Health Services (EMR Division) SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers: In the context of COVID-19 1. Background Government of India is following a phase-wise unlocking of activities. In days to come, this would also involve partial resumption of activities in schools for students of classes 9th to 12th on a voluntary basis,for taking guidance from their teachers. This would be allowed from 21st September 2020. 2. Scope This SOP outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken when schools are permitting students (for 9th to 12th class) in the specific context detailed at para-1 above, to prevent spread of COVID-19. All States/UTs are expected to comply with the COVID-19 related guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. 3. Generic Preventive Measures The generic preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (teachers, employees and students) in these places at all times. These include: i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible. ii. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory. iii. Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible. iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly. v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest. vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited. vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible. 4. All schools (with classes IX to XII) shall specifically ensure the following arrangements i. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged. ii. Students of class 9th to 12th shall be permitted to visit their school on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to written consent of their parents/guardians. Such visits and teacher – student interaction must be organized in a staggered manner. 4.1 Before opening up of the school a) Planning of reopening of school i. School outside the containment zones only shall be allowed to open. Further, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the school. Students, teachers and employees shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones. ii. Prior to resumption of activities, all work areas intended for teaching/demonstrations etc., including laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces. iii. Schools that were used as quarantine centres will be properly sanitized and deep cleaned before partial functioning is resumed. Guidelines issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for disinfection of common public places including offices may be referred to in this regard) (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesondisinfectionofcommonpublicplacesincludingo ffices.pdf) iv. The concerned teaching and non-teaching employees (up to 50 % of the strength) may be called to schools for online teaching/tele-counselling and related work. v. Students from class 9th to 12th will have the option of attending the classes remotely/virtually or physically only on a voluntary basis for guidance from their teachers subject to written permission of parent / guardian. vi. Instead of biometric attendance alternate arrangements for contactless attendance shall be made by the school administration. vii. At all times, the teachers and students shall maintain a physical distancing of 6 feet apart, wherever feasible. Scheduling of activities and seating plan shall be made accordingly. viii. Ensure hand washing facilities along with provision of soap. ix. For ensuring queue management, inside and outside the premises, specific markings on the floor with a gap of 6 feet may be made. Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in staff rooms, office areas (including reception area), and other places (mess, libraries, cafeterias, etc.) x. Weather permitting, outdoor spaces may be utilized for conducting teacher student interactions, keeping in view the safety and security of students and physical distancing protoc
How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19? a) Practice Social Distancing - Avoid gatherings such as melas, haats, gatherings in religious places, social functions etc. - Maintain a safe distance of at least one Metre between you and other people when in public places, especially if they are having symptoms such as cough, fever etc. to avoid direct droplet contact. - Stay at home as much as possible. - Avoid physical contact like handshakes, hand holding or hugs. - Avoid touching surfaces such as table tops, chairs, door handles etc. b) Practice good hygiene - While coughing or sneezing cover your nose and mouth with handkerchief. Wash the handkerchief at least daily - It is preferable to cough/sneeze into your bent elbow rather than your palms. - Do not Spit or shout in public places to avoid the spread of droplets. - Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unclean hands. - Ensure that the surfaces and objects are regularly cleaned.
 
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