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Chandigarh

Reopening of government schools starts with a promising note

Yadavindra S Rana | September 22, 2020 10:46 AM

CHANDIGARH:First day of reopening of schools for students of Class 9 to 12 in
Chandigarh has been encouraging. Around 950 students were present in government
schools. The officials of education department are hopeful increase in students
attendance inn coming days. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)-Government of India
vide Order dated  August 29 last allowed some activities in schools. In compliance of
this order a SOP was issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for partial
reopening of schools for students on September 8. Students of Class 9 to 12 were
allowed to take guidance from their teachers.
The Education Department of Chandigarh Administration has issued instructions
to all the schools to ensure the compliance of above mentioned Orders for partial
reopening of schools from September 21. Online form/ WhatsApp message was sent
to all the students of Classes IX to XII to submit their option for joining of schools for
taking guidance from their teachers on voluntary basis. Written consent of the parents
was also to be submitted on the opening of the schools. All school buildings were
sanitized by Municipal Corporation Chandigarh.
Two days training has also been imparted to Class IV staff of all government
schools to undertake sanitization process in the schools. Fogging machines have
also been provided to the schools. Detailed instructions were issued to all the
schools in which it was clarified that in the first phase of partial re-opening, the
students of Board Classes, i.e. XII and X would be called, which would be followed
by the students of Class XI, and the last phase would involve calling the students of
Class IX.
The students have to be called in two sessions of two hours each, with a
gap of one and a half hour between the two sessions. It must be ensured by the
Principals and Heads that more than 15 students are not seated in a single
classroom and this number must be restricted to 10 in case the size of classroom is
small. In Govt. High Schools, students of Class IX and X were allowed to take
guidance from the teachers.
Seven inspection teams headed by Senior officers of the Department have
been put on duty to inspect the schools to ensure that all the instructions issued by
MHA, MOHFW and the Department are being followed by the Schools. After visiting
the schools, it has been reported that following activities have been completed by
schools:
a) Sanitization of School Building
b) 50 per cent Attendance of Staff
c) Thermal Scanning of Staff at entry gate
d) Thermal Scanning of Students at entry gate
e) Availability of Sanitizer

f) Social Distancing at the entry gate
g) Student Schedule for visit to school
h) Display of SOP Guidelines
i) Sitting Arrangements for students
j) Frequent Hand washing
k) Hygienic Condition of Washrooms
l) Use of Mask by Staff and Students
m) Written consent of parents
n) Proper Time Table
Teachers have also downloaded Arogya Setu App.To ensure the compliance of
instructions by the schools, Mr. Sarpreet Singh Gill, Secretary Education inspected
some schools and observed that proper arrangements have been made by the school
authorities. Some schools were also inspected by Mr Rakesh Kumar Popli-PCS,
Director School Education, Chandigarh. Schools were reopened after a gap of 6
months and teachers were seen providing guidance to the students who were present
in the class.

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