GUWAHATI: The physical classes right from standard I will start from October 19 – after six months. However, students' attendance is not compulsory. The consent of the parents is a must.
Though the physical classes for final-year students – of standard X, HS second year, TDC and PG – got started, physical classes from Class 1 to IX are still a non-starter.
According to the SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) for physical classes, standards I, II and III will be on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The students of IV and V standards will have their physical learning on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. While pupils of standards VI to VIII will have physical classes on every alternate day, that of IX standard will have physical classes from October 1 on a day-to-day basis.
A section cannot have more than 30 students. The government has asked the heads of educational institutions to devise proper time management.
Online classes will continue if needed. Deputy commissioners will form task forces to monitor if the schools follow the SOP. The SOP does not allow any meetings and cultural functions on schools premises.
All teachers and other staff members need to take both doses of vaccines. Pregnant women and women with children below three years of age among the staff members need not attend schools. They need to do their duty from home.
The private schools will carry only one-third of their bus capacities. School buses need sanitization twice a day.
Hostels for final-year students – of standards X, XII, colleges and universities – will remain open but with only a third of their accommodation capacities.
An education official said, "We have opened physical classes as the number of Covid-19 cases in the state have nosedived. Maintaining the Covid-19 protocol is the responsibility of school authorities. They need to ensure that all teachers and other staff get fully vaccinated. Maintaining social distance in the classrooms is a must."