PC: Kmaleshwar Singh/Indian Express
Hyderabad: Telangana government has announced that schools will reopen for classes IX to XII from February 1.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has directed the education department to make necessary arrangements to start classes from February 1.
On January 12, the School Education Department came up with guidelines to facilitate smooth functioning of classes during the pandemic.
The government has ordered the school to ensure the proper cleaning and sanitation facilities in the school and colleges by January 20. The government also instructed the Principals and Headmaster to ensure the availability of supplies of thermometers, disinfectants, soaps, etc.
Also, the schools and colleges were asked to ensure the sanitization of transport before they start plying especially by private operators.
The government has asked the educational institutes to maintain six feet distance in the classrooms.
The government of India has mandated that written consent of parents should be obtained before allowing the students to join schools.
The government also said that this year there will be no compulsory attendance for appearing in exams.
The government has asked the schools and colleges to make arrangements for providing at least two isolation rooms in every School/College for any COVID related emergencies with necessary supplies.
Also, they asked the institutions to make a plan of action in case anyone is infected. An SOP to deal with such incidents including immediate isolation, protection to other students, necessary and medical attention to be received, with dedicated staff, should be devised.
Apart from these guidelines, the government has asked the collectors to appoint Nodal Officers to inspect as required periodically in order to maintain protocol as mentioned in SOP issued by the Government of India.
The government also said that no political meetings/functions will be allowed in all the Educational Institutions without permission of District Collectors concerned.