AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat authorities has determined to reopen secondary faculties and schools after Diwali holidays from November 23, state training minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama stated on Wednesday.
Faculties, which have been shut since March in view of the coronavirus-induced lockdown, will reopen just for college students of courses 9 to 12 and the attendance will not be obligatory, the minister advised reporters after attending a cupboard assembly in Gandhinagar.
A choice on reopening of main faculties for courses 1 to eight shall be taken at an acceptable time, he stated.
“After holding discussions with stake-holders in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the state authorities has determined to reopen secondary faculties and schools. Their campuses will operate as per the usual working procedures (SOPs) and pointers issued by the Centre. A choice to open main faculties for college students of courses 1 to eight shall be taken later,” Chudasama stated.
The minister stated it was not obligatory for college students to attend faculties bodily now and the web mode of training will proceed as per the ‘s pointers issued by the Union authorities.
“Managements of faculties shall be required to take a written consent from mother and father earlier than calling college students to colleges. They will even have to make sure that college students put on masks, do not share meals, and preserve social distancing,” he stated.
A distance of six toes must be maintained in school rooms in faculties and schools, the minister stated.
“To forestall crowding, faculties and schools are suggested to implement the odd-even method, whereby half of the scholars come to highschool on odd dates and the remaining lot attend college on even dates,” Chudasama stated.
College students may be given house assignments for the times when they aren’t attending faculties or schools, he added.
As a precautionary measure, faculties and schools are required to sanitise their premises, maintain hand sanitisers and soaps for college students and employees and procure thermal temperature weapons to detect any suspected COVID-19 circumstances, the minister stated.
Gujarat’s COVID-19 caseload stood at 1,82,719 on November 10, as per the state well being division.