Punjab Reopen Schools: In the fifth phase of the unlock process, The Centre has given relaxations to the state government to take a decision itself about the reopening of schools and educational institutions. But, some States are still concerned that the reopening of schools can accelerate the number of Coronavirus cases and may cause major health risks.
The Centre’s guidelines for Unlock Phase 5 stated that schools and colleges located outside the containment zone can be reopened from October 15.
Punjab decision on reopening of schools
On Monday, the Punjab government decided to reopen the schools partially from October 15 with certain rules. According to the notification issued by the State Health Department, students of classes 9 to 12 only are allowed to attend the schools with the permission of each student’s parents.
The official letter released by the Punjab government
An official letter was released that was based on the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on September 30. The letter read that the state government has decided to allow more activities in the areas outside the containment zones after October 15.
The state also allowed the coaching institutes to reopen in a graded manner after October 15. However, online education or distance learning will be the preferred mode of teaching and will be encouraged.
Guidelines regarding the reopening of schools
Further, the letter added that the state government has decided to reopen schools and coaching institutes in a graded manner with effective from 15.10.2020 subject to the following conditions:
- Online education/ distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged
- Students of classes 9 to 12 only are allowed to attend the schools or institutions with the parental consent of each student and without making the attendance compulsory.
- Wearing of face masks, maintaining social distancing, time to time thermal screening and use of hand wash and sanitizers are mandatory.
Colleges will reopen for research scholars only
Institutions or Colleges to open from October 15 only for research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students in science and technology streams which require laboratories or experimental works.