As per the latest update, Jharkhand schools for classes 10 and 12 reopened today, i.e., 21 December 2020. The schools were busy on Sunday giving final touches to their preparedness, as per the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the state education and literacy department.
On Sunday, the education department held a webinar which saw the participation of deputy superintendents of education (DSE’s) and district education officers (DEO’s), to look at the preparedness of the schools.
Special Project Officer (SPO) at Jharkhand Education Project Council (JPEC) Mr Abhinav Kumar said that the concerned DEO’s and the DSC’s were informed about the standard operating procedure in detail and to avoid any problems, the schools were evaluated on their preparedness.
In addition to this, the government has said that all the schools will be allotted a certain amount of funds to take precautionary measures to prevent coronavirus infection, including masks, thermal scanners, and sanitizers. But schools are asked to use their development funds until the funds reach them.
The department has also issued a detailed standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening of the schools. The decision to reopen the colleges was taken because of the upcoming board examinations of all three boards, i.e., Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE), Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC), and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
The standard operating procedure states that all the students will not be called together. Instead, they will be given entry on alternate days following the odd-even formula based on their allotted class roll numbers. However, hand washing, sanitization, face masks, and social distancing is in the strict checklist made for both students and teachers.
The SOP also mentioned that schools would run in two shifts, i.e., class 10 in the first shift and class 12 in the second shift. Parents and guardians are also asked to submit a written declaration stating that they know and are in full consent to send their wards to school for guidance from teachers because of the upcoming examinations. Parents are also required to mention the name, class roll number, section, class, home address, and mobile number in the declaration.