“The center 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,” Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said.
Therefore, the schools in Gujarat will remain closed even after September 21 and appropriate decision will be taken once the situation improves, Mr Chudasama being followed while adding that online education will continue to be the method adopted.
MHA’s Directive On Reopening Schools
- States / UTs may permit up to 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching / tele-counseling and related work.
- Students of Classes 9 to 12 may be allowed to visit their schools in areas outside the Containment Zones, on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from their teachers.
- This will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians.
- Such visits and teacher-student interaction must be organized in a staggered manner.