The Karnataka Government Releases SOPs to Reopen Schools for Classes 1 to 5 from October 25.

The Karnataka Government Releases SOPs to Reopen Schools for Classes 1 to 5 from October 25.

The Government of Karnataka permitted the re-opening of schools for students of classes 1 to 5 from October 25 by strictly adhering to precautions and guidelines against the coronavirus.

Class from 1st to 5th standards permitted to reopen from October 25, 2021, by strictly adhering to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and SOPs issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education. Parental consent letter for physical classes is mandatory,” an order issued by Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said.

It has laid down certain rules such as screening for COVID-19 symptoms on entry, 50 per cent of the capacity in a classroom, provision of hand sanitizers, physical distancing of a minimum of one metre as practically feasible, no crowding, particularly at school entry and exit, and disinfecting classrooms and restrooms daily using 1 per cent sodium hypochlorite solution.

Only teachers and staff who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccines would be allowed in classes 1 to 5, it said. There shall be additional use of face shield by teachers who are over 50 years of age.

The operational guidelines on re-opening of classes I to 5 will be issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education,” it added.

The government reopened schools for students of classes 6 to 8 from September 6 and for students of classes 9 to 12 from August 23. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee has given its report and a decision on re-opening schools for students from classes one to five would be announced soon.

Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh said SOP would be sent to all the schools probably by Wednesday, the day being a public holiday, officials also have been asked to take extra precautions as the children are too young.

According to the order, the current COVID-19 situation in the state was reviewed on October 17 by the TAC, which, after considering the consistent decline in the number of daily cases, test positivity rate, and the overall decline in active cases, recommended opening up of more activities.

Stating that schools have been functioning for higher classes for the last one-and-a-half months now, and there has not been even a single case of a child being infected by COVID because of attending school, the Minister told parents that they can send children to school without any fear and that cases are also declining.

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