Karnataka students of standard 9 to 12 to attend offline classes from Aug 23

Karnataka govt releases Covid protocols to be followed in institutions

Prime News, Karnataka, Education, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, August 20:- The Department of Public Instruction has released protocols for the reopening of offline classes from standard 9 to 12 from August 23.

Only those districts which record Covid positivity rate below 2 percent are allowed to reopen physical classes following the standard operating procedures (SOPs). The physical classes are not compulsory for students with the option to continue their online or alternate medium of classes. Students who desire to attend the classes in person may attend the schools for half a day.

The parents of a student need to sign a consent letter while sending their children stating that their wards have no Covid symptoms.

The government has specified that classes for students in grades 9 and 10 will be held from 10 am to 1.30 pm from Mondays to Fridays. The same on Saturdays will be scheduled between 10 am and 12.15 pm. Meanwhile, students of Class 8 may be permitted to visit the campus to get doubts clarified post afternoons.

The students will be split into groups of 15 to 20 and each batch will have separate classes. While a maximum of two students can be seated on a bench, each student will have to maintain 3 to 6 feet distance for which boxes demarcating the distance will be drawn in the schools and colleges. Further, a teacher will be appointed as nodal officer in each school to ensure Covid-19 guidelines are followed.

The schools have been asked to set up multiple entry and exit gates. In case of a student showing symptoms like cough, fever, or cold, he/she should be seated in a separate room. Parents will be asked to come and pick their wards.

Students have to get their lunch from home and warm water will be provided in the schools and colleges. Sanitisation for Covid will take place every day.

The toilets and urinals have to be cleaned with hypochlorite solution. Hand sanitisers or soaps will be provided along with thermal scanning. Face masks and face shields will be mandatory.

Teachers who have received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine will be allowed to take classes in schools. In case any teacher has any Covid-19 symptoms, he or she should be asked not to come to school. The teachers aged 50 and above have been instructed to wear face shields as well, apart from masks made mandatory for all stakeholders including other staff and parents coming to pick-up/drop wards. The schools have been directed not to hold any activity that involves students getting together in groups. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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