Jammu and Kashmir: Schools to Reopen on Trial Basis from Sept 21, Online Classes to Continue as Usual
Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have stated that schools across the union territory will reopen from September 21, 2020 but student attendance will be voluntary.
Since March 2020, the schools in Jammu and Kashmir have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent nationwide lockdown announced throughout the country due to rising COVID-19 cases.
SOPs to be Released Shortly
The schools will reopen with 50 per cent staff and students attendance, according to officials, and students attendance will be as per the parents' written consent.
The officials have also stated that after such a long gap, all the SOPs will be in place once the schools reopen.
Online Classes to be Continued as Usual
Only 50 percent of the staff will report each day until class 8, while class 9, 10 11, and 12 students will be able to come to school on a voluntary basis with a 50 percent attendance.
Officials have said parents can decide if they will allow their kids to attend the classes. Furthermore, the authorities have said that online classes and digital education activities will continue as usual.
With the nation slowly opening up, some of the state governments have announced the reopening if the schools in the states with 50 percent staff capacity and attendance of Class 9 to 12 students on a voluntary basis should they wish to clear any doubts regarding their curriculum.
Schools will follow all the safety guidelines issued by the state and central government respectively.
Social distancing is practised while the students and teachers are required to wear masks as per the guidelines all the time.
The Standard Operating Procedures will assist the students and teachers in classroom conduct and safety measures.