Gujarat School Reopening News: As per the latest update, Gujarat Government has decided against the partial reopening of schools starting from 21st Sept 2020 for Class 9 and above students in the state. The Decision was taken by Gujarat Cabinet in a review meeting led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar on Wednesday. Earlier, Home Ministry had allowed state governments to decide partial reopening of Schools after evaluating prevailing situation in the state or region with regards to Coronavirus pandemic. However, so far, no major state government has decided to go ahead with the reopening of schools due to the rising number of COVID-19 infections.
Education Minister Confirms Decision
The decision regarding schools in Gujarat not being reopened from 21st Sept was confirmed by the State Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama. During a media interaction on Wednesday, Mr Chudasama had informed that "The Centre had clarified that it's not compulsory for states to implement these SOPs from September 21. There is a risk of transmission of the virus if students gather at one place. It is not advisable for students to visit schools in the present situation.”
Guidelines, SOPs for Reopening of Schools
The Union Home Ministry in its Unlock 4.0 Guidelines released earlier, permitted partial reopening of schools for Class 9 and above students from 21st Sept 2020 onwards. However, the final decision regarding opening of schools in a particular state was left to the respective state government who would assess the ground situation with regards to the pandemic and take the decision.
However, those who decided to go ahead with partial reopening would have to strictly adhere to COVID-19 precautions and guidelines and SOPs prescribed by the Health Ministry. The key among them are:
- Students to carry consent letter from parents
- Use of Masks is compulsory on school premises
- Following of hand hygiene with frequent washing of hands with soap
- Maintain distance of 6 feet between students
- Physical distance to be maintained in staff-rooms and common areas
- All Common areas including classroom Mess, Libraries, Cafeterias, etc. to be sanitized regularly
- Assemblies, sports and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited