UNLOCK 5: States and U/T can reopen schools AND colleges after October 15

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given State/UT governments the flexibility to take a decision on the re-opening of schools and coaching institutions after October 15 in a graded manner. 

The Home Minister said that, “The decision shall be taken in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the situation”

The following conditions also need to be met:

  • 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 SOP regarding health and safety precautions for reopening of schools/ institutions based on the SOP to be issued by the 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.

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