School Reopen in Gujarat
Gsebservice School reopen in Gujarat Declared by Gujarat Government and they committee SOP/Guidelines for Health and Safety protocols for Reopening of Schools And Learning with Physical/Social Distancing.
The Ministry of Home Affairs vide Order no. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A) dated 30th September, 2020 , has issued guidelines for re-opening, following lockdown measures put in place for containment of COVID-19 in the country under the under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Among the activities permitted outside the Containment Zones is the re-opening of schools and coaching institutions , after 15th October, 2020, in a graded manner , for which the State/UT Government may take a decision in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation and subject to the following conditions:
- Online/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged
- Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so.
- Students may attend schools/institutions only with the written consent of parents.
- Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent.
- States/ UTs will prepare their own Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/institutions based on SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.
- Schools which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/UTs prepared as above.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS
- State Education Departmen
- School Heads
School reopen in Gujarat, The Head of the Institution needs to create a preparedness plan for reopening of the school including physical/social distancing, health and hygiene, and teaching-learning based on the guidelines issued at the National and State levels. This detailed plan should be worked out with SMC members, local health authorities, and community leaders and depending on the availability of space, weather and Teacher Pupil ratio, etc. The plan may include the following:
- The comprehensive academic calendar for conducting classes in the school as well at home.
- Assessment and Examination plan for all the classes and subject areas.
- A detailed plan for safe operation and safe stay of students and teachers in the school.
- Sharing of this plan through Whatsapp or email or sanitized hard copy with teachers before reopening of school. Their feedback should also be sought.
- Making a duty chart for every teacher besides their routine teaching-learning activities as follows:
- One teacher can be assigned duty at the entry point of the school in the morning.
- One teacher can stay at the exit point of the school during the closing of the school.
- One teacher along with some selected senior class students on rotation can take continuous rounds for observing physical distance among children, their health, their sanitization, etc.
- One teacher to observe mid-day meal cooking and distribution.
- One teacher to talk to students on their queries on corona and to keep an eye on their mental health likewise- other teachers need also to be given other duties as per school requirement.
- Calling every teacher on the mobile phone asking them, to prepare a new time-table based on the guidelines – for the execution of an alternative comprehensive calendar mentioned in an earlier section.
- Collecting all the essential emergency contact.
- In case of most marginalized children having no technological tool at home for connecting to school, school heads can plan some innovative way to reach out to them to reduce the gap in their education with those who are using technological tools and can come to school.
- Schools can create a dedicated task team and ensure adequate manpower is deployed for managing COVID related issues with teachers, members of the SMC, volunteers from the community for the implementation of a comprehensive plan for the reopening of the school.
- Before reopening the school, the head needs to work with local health officials to execute the plan including actions for prevention and control of COVID 19.
- All teachers and school heads must be made aware and sensitized of all aspects mentioned above through briefing, visuals, and ICT resources.
- Maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in school premises and in school transport facility. Sarpanch (in rural areas) and NGOs or some corporate houses (in urban areas) can be roped into this endeavour.
- It is advised that schools have greater collaboration with parents and enhance communication to obtain their support.