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Mumbai schools to reopen for classes 8 to 12 from October 4; check guidelines

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Schools in Mumbai are set to resume physical classes for standard 8th to 12th from October 4. Check the SOPs issued by the BMC

Mumbai schools to reopen for classes 8 to 12 from October 4; check guidelines
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday issued a detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) as schools in Mumbai are set to resume classes for standard 8 to 12 from October 4, 2021.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently suggested phased reopening of schools with the proper implementation of multi-layered COVID-19 mitigation measures.
The ICMR study observed that school closures in India for more than 500 days have affected over 320 million children as per the UNESCO report.
Another survey has found that students missed out on social interactions, lacked physical activity and had a sense of loosening the bonds of friendship due to prolonged school closures.
Here're the guidelines issued by BMC:
  • A student can attend school only with the parent's consent and attendance is not compulsory.
  • If any student has symptoms such as fever, cold, shortness of breath, redness of eyes, swelling of fingers, hands and joints, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain, then she or he should be taken to a healthcare facility immediately.
  • All the teachers and other staff must have been vaccinated before a school starts.
  • Thermal scanning of each student should be done daily at the time of entering the school.
    • If any student or staff-member is found to have contracted coronavirus infection, the school should be closed, and the building should be disinfected.
    • Masks are mandatory for everyone all the time.
    • Air conditioning should not be used in classrooms and if it is needed, the temperature should be maintained above 24 degrees Celsius.
    • Windows and doors should be kept clean and fully open.
    • Assembly, gatherings, annual day functions and other similar events which may lead to large gatherings of students should not be organised.
    • Only one student should be seated on a desk bench. If possible, students should have fixed places to sit daily.
      • A class can have a maximum of fifteen to twenty students at a time. If the number of students in a class is more than 20, students can be called in two sessions.
      • The duration of the actual class should not exceed three to four hours, and there should not be any lunch break.
      • Students should be instructed to submit homework online, and teachers should ensure that there is no exchange of books.
      • Social distancing should also be maintained in school buses or other vehicles ferrying students.
      • (With inputs from PTI)
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