The Indian education ministry on Monday released guidelines for reopening of schools across the country aftermath 6 months staggered lockdown. According to the guidelines “Online/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged”. It further says “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”.
Guidelines says “Students may attend schools/institutions only with the written consent of parents and Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent”.
The union government further said “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, says guidelines.