punjab schools reopen: Punjab allows schools to open for Classes IX-XII after Oct 15

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has decided to re-open schools for classes IX-XII and coaching institutions in a graded manner after October 15, depending entirely on parental consent.

In the guidelines issued on Monday on re-opening of more activities in areas outside containment zones, the state government made it clear that online or distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged. “Students of only classes IX to XII are permitted to attend schools/institutions with the parental consent of each student and without making attendance compulsory,” reads the guidelines.

Attendance must not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent. The schools which are being allowed to open after October 15 will have to mandatorily follow the standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be issued by the department of school education in consultation with the department of health and family welfare.

Higher educational institutions, including state universities and private universities, only for research scholars (PhD) and post-graduate students in science and technology streams requiring laboratories or experimental work have been permitted to open after October 15.

For the centrally-funded higher education institutions, the head of the institutions will have to satisfy themselves that there is a genuine requirement of research scholars (PhD) and post-graduate students requiring laboratory or experimental works.

The state government has also allowed opening of the swimming pools to be used for sportspersons after October 15 as per the SOPs to be issued by the Union ministry of youth affairs and sports. Business to Business (B2B) exhibitions have also been allowed to open from October 15 as per the SOP to be issued by the Union ministry of commerce.

Now the social, academic, sports, cultural, religious and political functions, weddings and funerals have been permitted outside containment zones beyond the limit of 100 persons from October 15. But gatherings purely for entertainment shall not be permitted in excess of 100 persons. In closed spaces, a maximum of 50% of the hall capacity has been allowed with the ceiling of 200 persons. Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, provision of thermal scanning and use of hand wash or sanitizer has been made mandatory. Whereas, in open spaces, the organisers would have to adhere to the requirement of the size of ground or space with the permission of the district magistrate.




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