Maharashtra government issues SOPs for students and teachers, schools to reopen from November 23

The state government of Maharashtra has decided to reopen schools from November 23 for classes 9 to 12. The guidelines or Standard Operating Procedures, SOPs have been issued by the government for students and teachers for the conduct of classes. The schools would reopen after a gap of 7 months under Mission Begin Again started by the state government. 

 As per the statement released by the state government, the instructions of Central and State Government regarding COVID19 should be followed in schools. The schools will have to follow health, hygiene and other safety precautions before and after schools are over. Also written consent from parents is necessary for children regarding attendance. Ashram Shala and International Students’ Hostel for classes 9 to 12 students would reopen along with schools. Check the complete SOPs below. 

Maharashtra Schools Reopening: Complete SOPs here 

  1. Local civic authorities should help the schools’ complete the sanitization process. The schools will have to follow health, hygiene and other safety precautions before and after schools are over.
  2. Schools to have proper facilities for washing hands with soap and water. Calibrated contactless infrared digital thermometer to be provided in schools for checking temperatures of students and teachers.
  3. Transportations facilities to be sanitized as per protocol.
  4. Only one child will be allowed to sit on a single bench and classes will be held on alternate days. Names of students to be labelled on seating arrangement.
  5. Hostels for classes 9 to 12 that includes Ashram Shala and International Students’ Hostel to reopen from November 23.
  6. Teachers to undergo an RT-PCR test to detect Covid19 after Diwali starting from November 17 till November 22, 2020. 

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray earlier this week had said that schools reopening after Diwali will have to take precautions such as the sanitization of school premises and health checkups of teachers before the schools are reopened.

CM Thackeray in the virtual meeting hosted with School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad, state Education Minister Bacchu Kadu and Additional Chief Secretary Vandana Krishna, among others said, “Given the present situation, a second wave of coronavirus cannot be ruled out. There is a need to be cautious for some days after Diwali. The schools that had been converted into quarantine centres cannot be re-converted at the moment. Local administration should take a decision whether schools can be started at alternate places in such a situation.” CM further added that students who are ailing or have ailing members at home, should not be sent to schools by their parents in this period. 

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