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Friday, 18 September 2020

25K consent forms submitted

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 17

The Education Department today issued the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the partial reopening of schools for students from Classes IX to XII as per the latest guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Keen on meeting friends, Students fill forms themselves, Dept verifies

  • Chandigarh: The result of a survey by the Chandigarh Education Department for getting the consent of parents before opening school to students from September 21 has taken officials by surprise as a majority of those who agreed on sending their kids to schools were from the slum areas in the city.
  • When the Education Department verified, it was found that several children filled the forms themselves as they were "bored" at home.
  • Some mentioned that they were ready to sit at a distance and would maintain distance from friends if they started going to the schools.
  • "Many children themselves submitted the consent forms without asking their parents. They agreed upon maintaining social distance. We had to verify if parents actually wanted to do this or if they were facing some kind of problems. However, it was learnt that the children are keen on meeting their friends. Most of the parents are not tech-savvy," said an official. tns

A virtual discussion was organised for the implementation of the standard operating procedures under the Chairmanship of Deputy Director (1) Alka Mehta.

The meeting was attended by Deputy District Education Officer (DEO) Ravinder Kaur, Samagra Shiksha Mission Coordinator Manjit Kaur and principals of all government schools.

As per the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines, schools have been permitted to call 50 per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staff to the premises for online teaching, tele-counselling and other work from September 21.

Students from Classes IX to XII may be permitted to visit schools on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from teachers, subject to the written consent of parents/ guardians.

City schools had sought consent from the parents of students by September 15.

Parents of around 25,000 students from 90 schools — around 50 per cent of the total strength — have submitted their consent for visiting schools.

During the meeting, officials elaborated on the measures to be followed keeping in view various parameters, including generic preventive measures, arrangements before the opening of schools, planning and scheduling of activities, availability and management of supplies and others.

Instructions to school

The schools have been instructed to ensure thermal screening at the entry points in schools.

The principals were directed to take all precautionary measures, including physical distancing, use of face masks, frequent hand-washing, provision for safe and clean drinking water and sanitisation of schools.

The schools have further been directed to prohibit all activities and events that can lead to overcrowding. The final decision about the date and the plan for reopening will be decided by the competent authority.

from The Tribune

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