Reopening of educational institutions Guidelines in Delhi

Reopening of educational institutions Guidelines in Delhi

Before reopening of schools, colleges, and coaching centers from 1 September, (DDMA), the Delhi Disaster Management Authority Monday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) outlining the preventive measures to be adopted by these educational institutions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The SOP broadly follows the recommendations made by a sub-committee under the DDMA that had submitted a report to the Delhi government, suggesting that schools and colleges have been shut since 9 April due to the second wave of Covid infections reopen in phases.

Accordingly, a decision to resume offline classes for students in grades IX to XII and colleges, coaching centers, and training institutes from 1 September was taking in a meeting of the DDMA last Friday.

A decision on whether physical classes will be resuming for students below Class IX will be accepting after assessing the first phase of reopening.

For now, students will require the permission of their parents or guardians to attend physical classes. Those who are not comfortable attending physical courses will have the option to continue with the online mode.

What changes can students expect after they return to schools and colleges?

Physical classes are resuming under the shadow of Covid, which continues to be a risk despite the dip in cases and deaths,

The first change that will greet students at the entry gates of schools and colleges itself will be in the form of guards allowing them inside only after thermal scanning, a sprinkling of hand sanitizers, and ensuring that they are wearing proper face masks.

Any student showing Covid symptoms such as fever, cough, headache, fatigue, loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath, body ache, sore throat, runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea will be taking to a quarantine room. Such cases will be reporting to the heads of the schools.

Parents have been requested not to send children showing Covid symptoms to schools. Schools have been directing to install sufficient washbasins for regular hand washing.

How will social distancing be ensured?

Since each classroom will operate with a 50 percent seating capacity, school managements will have to draw up timetables according to the total and occupancy limit.

Consequently, only alternate seats will be occupying, and the timings of classes will be arranging staggered way.

Even lunch breaks will be staggered to avoid overcrowding and will be held preferably at open spaces as students will have to remove masks while eating.

Moreover, more than one entry and exit gate will be opening for students and staffers. A gap of one hour will be kept between the end of the morning and evening shifts.

Students will be guided not to share lunch, books, copies, and stationery items. School premises will be regularly sanitized.

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Read More: School to reopen for 9 to 12 class from September 1 in Rajasthan

What about Covid-19 vaccination?

The heads of schools, colleges, and other institutes have been directing to ensure “at the top priority” that all teaching and non-teaching staff are vaccinated.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that about 98 percent of teachers in Delhi government schools received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Will vaccination and ration drives in schools continue?

Yes, the vaccination and ration relief drives in designated schools will continue.

However, the SOP states that the area or part of the school used for those purposes will be restricted from the area used for academic activities.

The concerned district administration will cordon off the area demarcated for vaccination or food distribution with separate entry/exit gates and civil defense volunteers to avoid mingling students with outsiders.

Will school buses be operational?

The SOP states all vehicles, buses, vans, etc., used for transportation of students/staff should be sanitizing regularly, and heads of schools/institutes shall ensure that all eligible transportation staff (drivers, attendants) are vaccinated.

Currently, public buses in the city are allowed to operate with 100 percent seating, cabs with a maximum of two passengers, and taxi cabs, which usually serve as school vans, with five occupants.

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