As Ahmedabad and Gujarat register a surge in COVID-19 cases post Diwali, the Ahmedabad Medical Association (AMA) has asked the government to reconsider its decision to open schools from November 23 onwards.
Earlier the government had announced that it will resume physical classes for Class 9 to 12 as well as final year university students. The attendance however was not mandatory.
The AMA given rising cases has urged the state to postpone the opening to December. Since the pandemic-induced lockdown began in March, schools and education institutes have not opened despite several rounds of Unlock.
The medical experts have said that this seems to be the second wave of COVID-19 and under such circumstances, it is best if school opening is postponed.
Govt releases SOP for school reopening
Meanwhile, the Gujarat government has released the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for school and college reopening in the state. As per the SOP, the students will be called to schools in a staggered manner.
Class 10 and 12 students will be called on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday while Class 9 and 11 students will be called on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Students can attend school only after written permission is given by their parents.
Online classes will continue for students whose parents are not willing to send their wards to schools.
Final year of engineering courses, polytechnic colleges and all classes of Industrial. Training Institute (ITI) is also scheduled to resume from November 23. Schools in containment zones are not allowed to reopen.
All students have been directed to bring face mask, water bottle and lunch box from home while schools have been asked to maintain social distancing among students. If school buses are used for transport, they will have to be sanitised at least twice daily, the government had said earlier./
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