Reopening of Schools for Class 9th to 12th on Voluntary basis

Dear Parents,

Students of classes 9 to 12 allowed to visit schools with written consent from parents in Punjab

The decision was taken in compliance with Unlock-4 guidelines issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), a government release said.

The Punjab government on Sunday allowed students of classes 9 to 12 to visit their schools in areas outside containment zones on voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers amid coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today issued SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today issued SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis. The partial resumption of activities in schools for students of classes 9th to 12th on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers would be allowed from 21st September 2020. The SOP has outlined various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken when schools will permit students (for 9th to 12th class) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  1. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed as far as feasible.
  2. Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
  3. Frequent handwashing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty.
  4. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible.
  5. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves the strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue/handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing of used tissues properly.
  6. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
  7. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
  8. Installation and use of Aarogya Setu App may be advised wherever feasible.
  9. It is not compulsory for students of 9th to 12th class to attend the Physical classes. They may continue with their online studies.
  10. Interested students will have to submit the Consent of their Parents in writing before attending the physical classes.

Banned activities

All schooling activities are allowed, except for the following:

  • Sports
  • Face-to-face co-curricular activities
  • Any form of school assembly or activity involving students, teachers and school staff to gather in a crowd
  • Meanwhile, co-academic and co-curricular competitions can only be conducted online.