Vijayawada: As Andhra Pradesh gets ready for Unlock 4.0, the state plans reopening schools for students of classes IX to XII from 21 September.

As per the new guidelines issued by the state health, medical, and family welfare department on 7 September, schools, colleges, educational, and coaching institutions will continue to remain closed for students till 30 September. However, online/distance learning will continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged, it said.

From 21 September, up to 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff will have to be present at the schools for online teaching, tele-counselling, and other related works. This is applicable only for schools outside the containment zones. Standard operating procedure (SOP) for the same will be issued by the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW).

Meanwhile, the state said that students of classes IX to XII may be permitted to visit their schools on a voluntary basis but only in areas outside the containment zones. This will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians and will be permitted from 21 September. SOP will be issued by the MoHFW regarding the same.

Skill or entrepreneurship training will be permitted to resume from 21 September in National Skill Training Institutes, Industrial Training Institutes (ITIS), short-term training centres registered with National Skill Development Corporation, or State Skill Development Missions or other ministries of the Central or state governments.

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