New Delhi: The Centre has framed a plan to re-open schools and other educational institutions in a phase-wise manner between September 1 and November 14.
The modalities of the plan have been discussed by the group of secretaries attached to the Group of Ministers on Covid-19 management, headed by Health minister Harsh Vardhan.
The decision is likely to be notified as part of the final unlock guidelines to be issued later which would guide the states on unlocking the remaining activities after August 31. Sources said the final decision would be left to the state governments on how and when to bring back students to the classrooms.
The guidelines, which have been vetted by the HRD ministry and the Health ministry, recommend the opening of schools and running them in a phased manner.
For the first 15 days, students of Class 10 to 12 would be asked to attend school.
Different sections of a class would get particular days to attend school.
In a school, if Class 10 has four sections, half the students of sections A and C would come on particular days and the remaining on the other days. The number of hours would be restricted from 5-6 to 2-3 hours of physical attendance.
All schools are likely to run in shifts –– 8 am to 11 am and 12 to 3 pm with a one-hour break in between for sanitisation.
The schools would be advised to run on 33% capacity of teaching staff and students.