Schools in Assam Reopen After 7 Months

Schools in Assam reopens on Monday after being shut  for over seven months due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the education department to ensure that all the educational institutes adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines while reopening schools.

The state government had earlier announced that only the students of Class 6 and above can go to school from November 2, based on parental consent. The Elementary, Secondary and Higher Education Department of the Assam Government has issued new standard operating procedure (SOP) which will come into effect from Monday.

As per the guidelines, in Upper Primary, Secondary and Senior Secondary schools, for students of class VI, VIII, X and XII, classes will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Classes VII, IX and XI, classes will be conducted on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Fixation of the first batch and second batch of students will be done by the Head of the Institution. The educational institute will also prepare a daily routine chart for giving equal importance to all subjects. The first batch of students will come at 08.00 AM and stay up to 12.00 Noon and the second batch of students will come at 12.30 PM and stay up to 03.30 PM.

Before the schools reopen, Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) of all Teachers/Cooks/ Staff members are being done and thereafter periodic testing at an interval of 30 days from time to time will commence. Temperatures check of all students & staffs shall be done every day through the thermo scanner. Sanitization will be done every weekend (preferably on Sunday). Whenever any single COVID-19 positive case is detected in school premises, the institute will remain open the next day only for COVID 19 testing of all, and in case of multiple positive cases detected in the school premises, the institution will be closed for a period of 7 days.

In respect of those educational institutions which do not have potable water/drinking water facilities/stations, the school shall not be re-opened on 2nd November 2020 and the decision in this connection will be taken by the Deputy Commissioner of the District. 

However, online mode of education will continue for students who prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend schools/colleges.