CSE Proposals on Re-opening Schools after LOCKDOWN - Standard Operating Procedure

File No.ESE02-30/47/2020-A&I-CSE Lr.Rc.No. 105/A8/2020. Dated:19/05/2020 Sub:School Education - COVID-19 - Containment of spreading of Novel -Corona Virus (COVID-19) in the State - Reopening of schools during the academic year 2020-21 - Standard operating procedure for reopening of schools - Proposal - Submitted - Reg.

CSE Proposals on Re-opening Schools after LOCKDOWN - Standard Operating Procedure

Sub:School Education - COVID-19 - Containment of spreading of Novel -Corona Virus (COVID-19) in the State - Reopening of schools during the academic year 2020-21 - Standard operating procedure for reopening of schools - Proposal - Submitted - Reg.

File No.ESE02-30/47/2020-A&I-CSE CSE has sent this letter to Govt of AP. In this context, I wish to submit that, a proposed Standard Operating Procedure for reopening of schools is submitted in the annexure. I submit that this is version 1.0 only and various measures taken across the globe are being analysed so as to find out best interventions for replication in our state also. The second draft will be furnished by 25-5-2020.
Ref:
  • 1. G.O.Rt.No.216, Health, Medical & Family Welfare (B2)Department Dt: 24-03-2020
  • 2. This office Proc. Rc.No. 92/A&I/2020, dated: 26-3-2020
  • 3. G.O.Rt.No.238, Health, Medical & Family Welfare (B2) Department Dt: 14-04-2020
  • 4. Govt. Memo No:1127845/Prog. 11/A1/2020, School Education (PROG.II) Department, dated: 17.04.2020.
  • 5. This office Procrc. No. 91/A&I/2020, dated: 1-5-2020
I wish to submit that the Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) is spreading all over the State of Andhra Pradesh for the past few months. In the references 1st and 3rd cited, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh has issued certain instructions/guidelines for implementing the LOCKDOWN for Containment, Control and Prevention of the spread of COVID-19 from time to time under Disaster Management Act, 2005. As a part of this, all Educational Institutions i.e., all management schools and Teacher Education Institutions were closed w.e.f.19.3.2020 in the State.

Further, I submit that all schools under all managements are to be reopened on 12th June 2020. But, considering the present situation in the next academic year 2020-21 in the wake of COVID-19 and necessary precautions to be taken on opening of schools:

File No.ESE02-30/47/2020-A&I-CSE

Proposals V 1.0 from CSE to Govt on re-opening of Schools

During school hours:
  • 1. Moming assembly shall be cancelled, instead it can happen inside classroom through speaker wherever it is possible.
  • 2. Schools which have strength of less than 30 shall have one schooling from 8 to 12 pm maintaining a strength of 15 in each class room.
  • 3. Schools which have strength of more than 30 should have two shifts one starting from 8 am to 12 pm and another from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm.
  • 4. School which have strength of 50-100 children, shall run alternate day schooling wherein first day two shifts first and second batch will come followed by third and fourth batches in the alternate day.
  • 5. Workbooks to be distributed to the students to utilize the hours spent at home.
  • 6. Staggered water bells and lunch bells to ensure that at a point only 10 children are out and in queue. 
  • 7. Handwash to be mandatory during water bells to ensure sanitation. www.apteachers.in
  • 8. Daily fifteen minutes to be allotted to explain safety measures on COVID-19 and to collect any cases of infection in and around the children area.
  • 9. The School premises are to be cleaned again after school hours to ensure safety of children under the supervision of Headmaster.
  • 10.Contact Sports may be avoided during the Physical education period and instead individual exercises and yoga may be taught.
Health:
  • 1. Apart from vitamin A, regular iron and folic acid tablets may be continued 
  • 2. Fortnightly health checkups may be conducted during Saturday and details of every child health shall be maintained at schools. www.apteachers.in
  • 3. Saturday which is celebrated as 'No school bag day' may be used to entertain children by showing child friendly movies and activities to relieve the children from mental stress and anxiety because of lock down.
Mid-day meal:
  • 1. Mid-day meal shall be given as dry ration until the situation becomes normal 
  • 2. No cooked mid-day meal will be served at the School points 
  • 3. However the employees who handles dry ration are to mandatorily wear gloves and masks and to maintain health sanitation practices.
Exams protocol:
  • 1. Temperature check at the school point is mandatory. 
  • 2. Mandatory hand washing stations at the entrance and masks to be worn all the time 
  • 3. In each examination hall, only 10 students may be allowed to write. 
  • 4. The students who is at different place from the location of the school will be given options to select the examination center from the list of options which will be duly notified. 
  • 5. Transport facility to be arranged by the Collectors for the children in the containment areas to attend the exam.
  • 6. The exam supervisors and other staffs to mandatorily wear gloves as they distribute paper. 
  • 7. Separate isolation room for students are to be ear marked for those children who shows symptoms during the course of exam. 
  • 8. The exam premises is to be disinfected before and after every exam. 
  • 9. Sufficient Hand sanitizers, Soaps, tissues and dustbin to be available at the exam centre 
  • 10. Running water facility to be ensured at all centres.
Spot valuation centers:
  • 1. To be arranged at the District level or in adjacent districts. 
  • 2. Thermal scanner during entry and exit. 
  • 3. Mandatory use of masks, gloves as they touch papers 
  • 4. Sanitizer, handwash to be supplied to all and kept at prominent places 
  • 5. Area to be disinfected before and after. 
  • 6. Lift maybe allowed to be used by 2 persons only.
Instruction during Lock-down:
  • 1. To ensure continuity in education during the lock down period, work sheets will be distributed to all the children at the school point and a detailed instructional videos will be telecasted through TV. 
  • 2. Weekly assessment of the worksheets will be done at the school point once in a week 
  • 3. Detailed Distance loarning modalities will be prepared by the expert committee formed and based on the committee recommendations detailed plan of action will be prepared for continuous teaching-learning process

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