Jharkhand schools for classes 10, 12 to reopen today
Ranchi (Mahamedia) With schools in the state for classes 10 and 12 reopening from Monday, most schools, including private ones, on Sunday were busy giving final touches to their preparedness, as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the state school education and literacy department.
On Sunday, the education department held a webinar, which saw the participation of district education officers (DEOs) and deputy superintendents of education (DSEs), to take stock of schools’ preparedness. Special project officer (SPO) at Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) Abhinav Kumar said, “The DEOs and DSCs concerned were informed about the SOP in detail. In a bid to avoid chaos, the preparedness of schools was also evaluated.”
Schools would be allotted certain funds for taking precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus infection, including masks, thermal scanners, and sanitisers, the SPO said. However, schools have been asked to use their own development funds till the fund reach them, he said. The department has issued a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening schools for classes 10 and 12 in view of the upcoming examinations of all three boards- Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) next year.
Hand wash, sanitisation, face masks and social distancing feature in the strict check-list made for students and teachers in a bid to fight Covid-19 while entering school campuses, according to the SOP released on Saturday evening. The SOP states that all students would not be called in one go. Instead, they would be given entry on alternate days based on their roll numbers, following the odd-even formula. However, most schools had not informed guardians till Sunday evening about the development. According to the SOP, the schools will run in two shifts--students of class 10 will be called in the first shift, while those of class 12 will be called in the second.