Imphal: Government of Manipur has decided to allow re-opening of schools, olleges and other educational Institutes with effect from Wednesday.
A notification issued by the state government on Tuesday allows school to re-open for classes IX to XII, colleges and other institutions.
It said the re-opening of educational Institutes shall be subject to observance of such SOP/guidelines issued by health department in this regard. Over and above the following Standard Operating procedure (SOP) are to be observed for safety of students, teachers and all stakeholders.
Attendance of students must not be enforced and shall be purely based on parental consent. Teaching hours will be limited to three to four hours for both online and physical classes and no cultural or sports events will be permitted. However, school/college/institute specific arrangement with regard to the compliance of SOP has to be settled at the level of the Head of the School/College/Institute. Wearing of face cover/masks by the students, teachers, staff and all stakeholders will be mandatory along with regular handwashing with soap and alcohol-based hand-sanitizers and following the Covid safety guidelines issued by the health fepartment. Vaccination of staff and students is encouraged. All the non-vaccinated teaching and non-teaching staff including those who got only 1st dose of vaccination shall be Covid-19 RTPCR tested every 20(twenty) days and submit the report to the head of the institutions, the order said.
Deputy commissioners of all districts shall constitute a District Level Task Force Committee with the concerned Deputy Commissioner as Chairman to monitor the resumption and safe operations of all educational institutions in the district and the zonal education officer in the district, principals of colleges, head of institutes as ember secretary along with district chief medical officer and community leaders as members. The District Level Task Force Committee shall be responsible for assessment of Covid-19 situation, ensuring enforcement of the SOP and feasibility of school/college/institute reopening. The educational institutions shall have to provide isolation facilities and tie up with the nearest health centre/joint director of health service, in case of emergency and related health checkup, it added.
In order to maintain proper social distancing of 6ft between two benches, all educational institutes shall permit only a specific number of students in a class at any given time and to ensure this, all educational Institutes may conduct classes on rotational basis or staggered manner, wherever considered necessary. It will be the responsibility of all the institutes authority to ensure that the learning gap of the students Is duly compensated as per guidelines issued by the government from time to time. In the event of sickness of the student or a family member, the student is advised to stay at home. Teahers, parents and other stakeholders shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu App, it said.