According to a Department of School Education Research and Training (DSERT) official, Schools in Karnataka with high students’ strength will be directed to hold classes in shifts. The DSERT is deciding the final standard operating procedure (SOP) for schools to begin lessons offline.
A concerned official said, “Schools with a higher number of students strength will be directed to follow a shift system whereas schools with lesser number of students will continue to function like before lockdown.”
Adequate safety measures will be taken
When the official was asked about how ‘High’ and ‘Low’ strength will be determined, the official said that it will be notified later with specific details, once the government allows the students to present physically in classes throughout the day.
Also, the official explained that management is asked to sanitize classrooms and other points within the school premises and the vehicles that transport students to and from the school on a daily basis. Students, teachers, and other members of the system will be asked to strictly follow the precautionary measures while physically present in class and taking part in sports activities.
No plan of reopening of schools yet
Earlier this month, The Karnataka Government reverse its decision on allowing private schools to reopen partially. Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said, initially students of classes 9 to 12 were allowed to attend classes physically with appropriate safety measures with effective from September 21. However, this decision was reversed taking into account of daily rise in the Coronavirus cases in the state.
Although the decision is still pending on partial reopening of the schools, DSERT and top officials of the education department are expected to organize a meeting with representatives of private schools managements, members of school development and monitoring committees (SDMCs), teachers, parents, and other stakeholders to discuss the ways by which they can implement the safety measures effectively.
On Tuesday, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar clarified that the government has to decide on the reopening of the schools and PU colleges in the states yet. The decision on the same will be taken after he returns to Bengaluru from Bidar.