Classes in Primary Schools to Resume From October 19

GUWAHATI: With the Covid-19 positivity rate going down to 1 per cent in the last 15 days, the Assam government has planned to reopen the lower primary schools from October 19, five months after the schools have been closed due to the second wave of Covid-19 in the state.

“In continuation of earlier SOPs, the education department is pleased to notify the re-opening of physical classes from Class I to Class VIII and Class XI with effect from October 19,” the department said in a fresh standard operating procedure (SOP) on Tuesday.

The physical classes of Class IX, all degree and postgraduate classes, all classed in technical institutes /universities B Ed Colleges both government and private in the state will reopen from October 1 maintaining all safety guidelines under Covid-19 protocols,” the notification said.

The physical classes of class XII, final year/semesters of degree colleges, final year PG classes/ semesters in universities and engineering institutes have already opened from September 7, while class X has reopened from September 20.

According to the SOP, the classes will be held three days a week for all the classes from Class I to V.

In respect of classes I, II, III, formal classes will be conducted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In respect of classes IV and V, the formal classes will be conducted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The in-charge headmaster/ headmistress of the LP school will have to supervise and ensure that the timing of classes, serving of mid-day meal, maintenances of all safety protocol relating to Covid-19 shall be strictly monitored.

The resident hostels will not function until further orders in respect of lower primary schools.

The attendance of lower primary schools is not compulsory and will be based on parental consent.

In addition to formal classes, online classes will also continue if found necessary, the SOP said.

The meeting in schools (formal and informal) will not be allowed in the educational institute’s premises.

There will be no cultural function, meeting until further order.

There would not be more than 30 students in a section. The Head of the institute will assess the required number of sections and open more sections accordingly if required.

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