Students of classes 9 and 10 in Andhra Pradesh can start attending school on alternate days from Monday, officials said Sunday.
Classes will be held from 9:15 am till 1:45 pm and each class will have only 16 students, following social distance protocols. The academic year has been extended till April 30, said Commissioner of School Education V China Veerabhadrudu.
“We are reopening in a phased manner and we are making changes right from day-to-day schedules to mid-day meals in order to adhere to safety protocols in wake of the Covid-19 situation,” said state Education Minister Adimulapu Suresh.
“We are taking all precautions to ensure a safe environment in compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure of the government. Although the schools start functioning from November 2 for classes 9 and 10, the students will be attending on alternate days,” he said.
“Wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distance are mandatory. In the afternoon hours, there will be online classes for students who didn’t turn up for school,” said Veerabhadrudu.
The officials have also made alternative arrangements for the students who opt to stay home, introducing mobile apps like Abyasa and Diksa along with Doordarshan classes and Youtube channels, based on the technology’s accessibility for students. As for residential schools, hostel facilities will be made available any time between November 2-23.
There are about 60,000 schools—including aided, unaided, and private institutions—in the state. For classes 6-8, schools will be reopened from November 23, and for students of class 1-5, school starts on December 14. The state government has also decided to open all higher educational institutions from November 2.
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