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SOP ready for reopening of schools from Sept 21
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Sept 16 - The education department today finalised the standard operating procedure (SOP) for reopening schools in the State under which classes from IX to XII will commence from September 21. All other classes will continue to remain suspended.

 For students of IX and XII, classes will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while for students of X and XI, classes will be held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

For every class, the students will be divided into two batches, if the number of students in the class is above 20. Classes for the first batch will be held from 9 am to 12 noon, while for the second batch, classes will be held from 1 pm to 4 pm.

The school authorities will ensure that before the classes of the second batch commences, the first batch leaves the school premises.

“Students will come to school provided the parents have no objection and a written undertaking will have to be produced in the schools. The total number of teaching and non-teaching staff will be restricted to 50 per cent,” the guidelines issued by the Principal Secretary of Secondary Education department said.

Teachers having co-morbidity will be exempted from attending duty.

Moreover, the health department will conduct random testing of teachers and students on weekly basis. On a given day, 10 per cent of the students and staff will be tested.

The SOP will be in force for 15 days after which it will be revised observing the situation.

In addition to the SOP, general precautionary measures will have to be followed by the teachers and students, like use of face covers, maintaining physical distance, respiratory etiquette, use of sanitizers at entry points, etc.

The guidelines also specify measures for sanitizing the educational institutions before commencement of classes.

Assemblies and other such activities that can lead to overcrowding have been prohibited.

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