Srinagar: After the Union Ministry of Health on Wednesday allowed a phased reopening of schools and colleges from September 21 on a voluntary basis, the J&K Department of School Education School is mulling to restart the education process at High, Secondary and Higher Secondary levels amid new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines of Government of India (GoI).
Quoting top officials, Kashmir News Observer reported that the department is working on the strategy to be followed for the purpose.
“The department is working out on the strategies to be followed on reopening of the schools as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidelines issued by GoI,” an official privy to the development said.
The official said that the department was frequently holding the meetings in this regard to chart out as to how they will reopen the schools.
“With the announcement of resuming the academics, the students of 10th, 11th and 12th standard will be allowed to visit their respective schools on a voluntary basis with the consent of their parents and followed by the prescribed SOPs,” the official said.
“The department will also contact the Heads of the Institutions (HoIs) to check their strategies in this regard,” the official added.
Meanwhile, the J&K Department of Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction (DMRRR) in its guidelines has said that 50 per cent of teaching and non-teaching staff shall be permitted to be called to schools for online teaching, tele-counselling and related work in areas outside containment zones only from September 21.
In an order, the DMRRR said: “Students of classes 9th to 12th are permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers from September 21.”
“This shall, however, be permitted subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians as per the SOP to be issued in this regard by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare subsequently,” it reads. KNO