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    Assam govt issues fresh SOPs for re-opening of schools from Jan 1

    The Assam govt had extended the Academic year till March 31st 2021 and subsequently with effect from 31st April to March 31st of every year.

    Guwahati: With coronavirus cases going down in the state, the Assam government on Monday decided re-open schools and institutions from January 1, 2021.

    The education department has issued a set of fresh SOPs to be followed after the schools and institutions open.

    “The comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will come into force from 1st January, 2021 until further orders,” an official order stated.

    The government of Assam had extended the Academic year till March 31st 2021 and subsequently with effect from 31st April to March 31st of every year, primarily to recover the loss in Academic days and also to bring the session at par with all India level.

    “Considering the importance of continuous education, the Government of Assam has decided to start re-opening of Lower Primary schools from class I to V onwards from 1st January, 2021. However, online mode of education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school,” the order further stated.

    The SOP for Lower Primary (Elementary) Schools:

    • Classes will be held on every alternate day for all the classes from class I to V.
    • In respect of class IV & V formal classes will be conducted on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    • In respect of class I, II and III, formal classes will be conducted on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
    • In respect of all the classes from class I to V, classes will start from 9 am in the morning and will end at 1:45 pm, with lunch break (Mid Day Meal) from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm.
    • The In-Charge Headperson of the lower primary school shall supervise and ensure the timing of classes, serving of Mid Day Meal, maintenance of all safety protocol relating of COVID-19 Pandemic shall be strictly done and monitored.
    • The Residential Hostels will not function until further orders in respect of lower primary (elementary) schools.
    • In addition to formal classes online classes will also continue if found necessary.
    • There will be no cultural functions, meetings etc until further orders.

    SOP for Upper Primary schools (class VI to VII), Secondary Schools (class IX and X) and Sr Secondary Schools (class XI and XII):

    • In respect of upper primary schools, secondary schools and sr secondary schools, the schools will function in normal manner with effect from January 1, 2021, on all working school days through formal education and the schools will adhere to the timing of classes, Mid-day-Meal etc, as per norms, instructions and rules enforce issued by the government from time to time prior to declaration of lockdown in the state of Assam.
    • The Residential Hostels will not function except final year students.
    • In respect of attendance of students of upper primary schools, secondary schools and sr secondary schools, the same is not compulsory and will be based on parental consent.

    Degree Colleges, Engineering Colleges, Polytechnics, Teacher Training Colleges, Universities:

    • In respect of the above mentioned institutions, the same shall function normally on day to day basis as per academic calendar with effect from January 1, 2021 guidelines issued by UGC/AICTE. However the head of the institution will ensure that all safety COVID-19 protocols are strictly followed.
    • The residential hostels will not function except for final year students.
    • In respect of attending the mentioned institutions, attendance is not compulsory.
    • In addition to formal classes online classes will also continue if found necessary.

    Protocols to be followed in case of detection of suspected case of COVID-19:

    • The sick student or the sick staff should be places in a room or area where they are isolated from others.
    • The nearest medical centre should be contacted.
    • A risk assessment will be undertaken by the treating physician.
    • Disinfection of the premises to be taken up if the person is found positive.
    • The school authorities/colleges should coordinate with the nearest health centre/joint director of health services, in case of emergency.
    • All protocols as advised by health and family welfare department/ NHM should be followed.

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