GUWAHATI: After a gap of 20 months, schools in Assam reopened on Tuesday amid the COVID-19 pandemic and less attendance have been recorded on the first day of school.
Earlier, the Education Department has approved the reopening of schools for grades 1 to 8, as well as class 11 from October 19.
As per the guidelines, classes will be held 3 days a week for standards 1 to 5. While standards 1,2,3 and 6 will have classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and classes 4,5,6 and 7 on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Moreover, class 8 will have physical classes on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and class 10 on a day to day basis.
The online mode of education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes rather than physical classes. Physical attendance in schools is not mandatory.
In a previous order, the state education department stated that if the positive rate exceeds 2% on a particular day, the DC of the respective district, a particular with the MD of the National Health Mission of Assam, will close the educational institutions.
According to the sources, the positivity rate was 2.30 percent in the hill district of Dima Hasao during the seven-day positivity count (from October 11 to 17), while it is being closely monitored in four other districts.
While school officials sanitised classrooms and cleaned the premises on Monday, the government would keep a strict eye on the movement of the state’s 50 lakh primary students.
According to the education department, that the physical attendance in schools is optional and there should not be more than 30 students in a section.