Assam

Assam: New SOP issued by Education dept for reopening schools  

GUWAHATI: A comprehensive set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) has been issued by the Assam government as schools in the state prepare to reopen from January 1.

According to the SOP, lower primary schools will open for classes on alternate days for all classes from I to V.

Classes of IV and V will be held on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and classes of I, II, and III will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The SOP further mandates the issued guidelines for government and private institutions equally. It states that schools will open at 9 AM and end at 1.45 PM. Mid-day meals in government schools is also mentioned to be provided between 12.15 to 12.45 PM.

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All school premises will be sanitised once every week. It is further mentioned in the SOP that the academic year for schools and colleges has been extended until 31st March, 2021 to recover the loss in academic days and also to bring state’s educational session at par with the all-India level.

It may be mentioned that all sorts of meetings and formal or informal cultural functions are prohibited in school premises until further orders. Also attendance has been eased for students and will solely depend on the permission from parents.

As such, the student must produce a written permission from parents while coming to attend classes.

The SOP comes after Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s announcement of issuing a new set of rules for opening the schools on a regular basis. Earlier the Education department decided to resume continuous education with proper adherence to the Covid protocols in the state.

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