Mumbai: Guidelines issued for school reopening from October 4

Attendance not mandatory; subject to parents’ consent

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Geetanjali Minhas | October 1, 2021 | Mumbai


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The last time children went to school was in the happy pre-Covid period. (File photo: Governance Now)
The last time children went to school was in the happy pre-Covid period. (File photo: Governance Now)

With the government announcing the reopening of schools 18 months after the outbreak of the pandemic, the Mumbai municipal corporation (BMC) has issued SOPs for resuming in-person schooling. From October 4, all schools in the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation area will open for Class 8 to Class 12 for the academic year 2021-22.

For reopening the management committee of the school will discuss with parents-teachers association (PTA) its detailed plans. Parents’ consent is necessary for students to attend school. Hundred percent attendance is not mandatory.  

School managements are required to link their respective schools with nearest Primary Healthcare Centre so that health facilities can be made available to the students as and when required.    

Before starting school it necessary that all teachers and non-teaching staff are vaccinated  in that school or else RTPCR test for Covid-19 should be done. The certificate / report issued by the laboratory should be verified by the school management committee. As per MoHFW, all employees who are at higher risk level like elderly, disabled employees, pregnant women and employees undergoing medical treatment should be more careful to not to come in contact directly with students. Schools must have separate entry/ exit points for employees without congesting. Schools must ensure congestion and gatherings do not take place children without congesting.

 A student whose family member is Covid positive should be placed under home quarantine. Thermal scanning of every student entering school must be done. Masks are mandatory to wear with a daily habit of washing hands with soap when needed. There should be strict enforcement of ban on spitting with regular cleaning and disinfection of schools classrooms, toilets, toilet handles, study and teaching materials, desks and chairs.

AC should not be used in classrooms and in case it is used, temperature should be set at 24 degrees with window and doors open. Waste in and around school should be disposed regularly. The number of people using lifts should be restricted.  

Each class should have between 15-20 students at a time. Only one student should be seated on one desk/bench in a zigzag manner following the criteria of social distancing with possibly a fixed place to sit. Students can be called in two sessions and duration of class not to exceed three-four hours. There would be no lunch break.

Students should be encouraged to learn using Diksa App and educational videos available on the BMC YouTube channel/ MCGM website. Every week each teacher should hold online meeting of parents to inform them of topics taught during the week, discuss and provide help required. Students should be encouraged to submit homework online and teachers should ensure there is no exchange of books.

Only one student is allowed to sit on a seat in school / private bus and cloth masks should be washed regularly.

Checklist of all activities to be followed should be displayed at school with daily checking of daily action taken.

Supervisory staff of the school should ensure following of guidelines and provide guidance if needed, coordinate with respective assistant commissioners and health department officials.    
 

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