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Schools in Karnataka to resume Classes 1 to 5 from Oct 25

Karnataka government discontinues RT-PCR test report checking on arrival except for those from selected countries

Prime News, Karnataka, Education, Children, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, October 19:- With COVID-19 cases declining, the Karnataka government on Monday (October 18) permitted re-opening of schools for children of Classes 1 to 5 from October 25 by strictly adhering to precautions and guidelines against the coronavirus.

Also, the government announced certain relaxations for international arrivals at airports while allowing certain activities like throwing open swimming pools with certain conditions.

“Class from 1st to 5th standards permitted to re-open from October 25, 2021, by strictly adhering to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and SOPs issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education. Parental consent letter for physical classes is mandatory,” an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said.

It has laid down certain rules such as screening for COVID-19 symptoms on entry, 50 percent of the capacity in a classroom, provision of hand sanitisers, physical distancing of a minimum of one metre as practically feasible, no crowding, particularly at school entry and exit, and disinfecting classrooms and restrooms daily using 1 percent sodium hypochlorite solution.

Only teachers and staff who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be allowed in Classes 1 to 5, it said. There shall be additional use of face shield by teachers who are over 50 years of age.

“The operational guidelines on re-opening of Classes I to 5 will be issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education,” it added.

The government has permitted swimming pools to operate stipulated to conditions like 50 percent capacity of each batch shall be allowed, with a display of the number allowable at entrance.

At entry, all shall be screened for fever and respiratory symptoms, only asymptomatic and those with two-dose vaccination certificates shall be allowed, it said, adding that after every batch-the rest rooms, walkways, and other common areas used by the swimmers shall be disinfected using 1 percent sodium hypochlorite solution.

Further easing operations at the airports in Karnataka for international arrivals, the government has decided to discontinue SP02 routine check (except in cases of fever, cough, cold, difficulty in breathing, etc.).

Also, it has been decided to discontinue RT-PCR test report checking on arrival except for those from selected countries, notified by the Centre, to be conducted at the airport, it said. Instead, there would be mandatory uploading of RT-PCR report in the Air Suvidha portal by the passenger and checking of the same would be done by the airlines concerned before the passenger boards.

However, with respect to the protocol of quarantine for arrivals from the United Kingdom, it said the prevailing guidelines issued by the Union Ministry would be followed. “Clarification regarding the same will be issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare,” it said. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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