Delhi Schools Reopening: Govt releases new guidelines

Delhi Schools Reopening

A day after allowing Class 10 to 12 students to visit schools, the Delhi government on Monday issued guidelines to be followed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Written consent from parents, not sharing books and stationery, sanitization of schools, and thermal screening are among those SOPs.

In an order on Sunday, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said it is permitting students of class 10 to 12 to visit schools from Monday for work related to admission and practical activities for the board exam, while also allowing health checkup camps situated on school campuses to resume.

Schools in the national capital were closed in March last year ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus. Schools were partially reopened for classes 9 to 12 in January this year but were again closed in April in view of the aggressive second wave of COVID-19.

The government had last month said auditoriums and assembly halls in schools and educational institutions can be used for training and meeting purposes with 50 percent occupancy.

“A written consent is to be obtained from the parents of all students who are willing to visit the school. In case going to school for health services-related matters, the child should be accompanied by parents or guardians. Online classes and digital distance learning shall continue and those students who wish to continue their studies through online classes shall be allowed to do so,” the SOPs issued by the Directorate of Education (DoE) said on Monday.

The DoE said the concerned head of school will make a specific schedule according to the capacity of the classroom and labs following Covid-appropriate behavior.

“All required measures and precautions like social distancing, wearing a face mask, etc need to be observed by everyone at all times. Students may be guided not to share books, copies and stationery items, etc,” the DoE said.