Schools in Bihar to Resume Classes for Standards 9 to 12 from 28 September 2020


As per the order issued by the Bihar education board, schools can resume operation from 28 September 2020. There are specific protocols that schools need to follow to ensure safety for staff and students. Only the students from standards 9 to 12 will be allowed to attend the classes as of now. Under the fourth phase of ‘Unlock 4.0’, the national government has allowed the schools to resume classes if necessary. Read further to find out the essential guidelines to be followed by the students and the schools before continuing the studies.

Guidelines for Students

All students who wish to attend the classes must stick to the guidelines as laid down by the Bihar government:

  • Only those students from standard 9 to 12 will be allowed to attend the classes.
  • Only one-third of the majority of students will be allowed to attend the classes daily.
  • Two days a week time table will be followed to ensure student’s safety.
  • Students will be allowed to attend the classes only after receiving consent from their parents or guardians. The consent form must be duly signed as well.
  • No student from the containment zone will be allowed to commute to school to attend the classes.
  • Students should wear face masks all the time and follow social distancing norms inside the classroom and the campus premises.
  • All the students must carry their sanitizer, which they must use frequently.

Guidelines for Schools in Bihar

School authorities planning to resume the service must adhere to the following guidelines laid down by the Bihar government:

  • Only fifty percent of the teaching and non-teaching staff will be allowed daily. The change of shifts will be strictly monitored.
  • No staff from the containment zone will be allowed to function.
  • The school campus must be sanitized properly before and after the function for the day is over.
  • The school management will have to follow the standard operating procedures issued by the Health Ministry.
  • Wearing masks, following social distancing norms, and regular use of sanitizer is mandatory for the staff.

The decision to reopen schools was taken at a confidential board meeting chaired by the department’s principal secretary Sanjay Kumar. The order further said that it would not be mandatory for the students to attend the classes. Only if the situation permits and the guardians are ready for it. ‘Unlock 4.0’ has allowed schools to resume operation, while colleges and universities are planning their annual academic calendars to ensure no loss of the academic year for students.


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