Telangana Schools Reopening Guidelines from 1st Feb after COVID-19

Telangana Schools Reopening Guidelines from 1st Feb after COVID-19 . Memo. N0.5640/ SE.Prog.II/A1/2020, dated:12. 01.2021 TS Schools to be reopened from 1st Feb after COVID 19. Guidelines and instructions are issued for reopening of Telangana Schools. Details are given below. 
Sub:- Education Department - Reopening of Schools and Colleges from 1" February, 2021 - Instuctions /guidelines - issued. 

Telangana Schools Reopening Guidelines from 1st Feb after COVID-19 

  • All the officers mentioned in the address entry are invited to the subject cited and they are informed that in the Collectors Conference held on 11.01.20201, the Hon'ble CM has instructed to prepare a action plan for reopening of Schools and Colleges from 1st February, 2021 in the following manner:
  • 1) Schools - 9th and l0th Classes only. Students from other classes shall not attend schools (no physical School for 1 to 8th classes).
  • 2) Intermediate - 1st and 2nd year.
  • 3) Collegiate Education- Degree and Post Graduate Courses.
  • 4) Technical Education- All Technical Educational institutions, duly following standard operating procedures (SoP) of GOI guidelines for Health and safety protocols for reopening of schools /UGC guidelines etc.
  • 2. Keeping in view of hardship caused due to Covid-19 pandemic, and as physical classes could not be started as scheduled, Government as a part of e-learning and distance education have permitted to start online classes on various digital/TV/T-Sat platforms from 1st September, 2020, in all Schools and Junior Colleges and other Colleges in the State vide Govt. Memo.dt.24.08. 2020.
  • 3. Since, it is decided to open Educational Institutions now, as per the instructions of the Hon'ble CM, in the meeting held on 11.01.2021, it is proposed to form a District level Education Monitoring Committee (DLEMC) with the following Members to prepare a action plan for re-opening of Schools and Colleges from 1" February 2021 in the State, duly following SOP guidelines


Sub: School Education – COVID-19 Pandemic – Guidelines for Reopening of Schools in the State of Telangana – Certain instructions – Issued.
  • 1. Govt.Memo.No.3552/SE.Prog.II/A1/2020, dt: 24.08.2020. 
  • 2. This office Procs.No.100/Genl/2020, Date: 24.08.2020.
  • 3. From the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, New Delhi Order No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A), Dt. 20.08.2020.
  • 4. G.O.Rt.No.120, General Administration Dept., Dt.31.08.2020.
  • 5. Govt.Memo.No.3552/SE.Prog.II/A1/2020-1, dt: 11.09.2020. 
  • 6. Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for partial reopening of Schools issued by MoH & FW (EMR) Division, GoI, New Delhi, Dt:08.09.2020. 
  • 7. F.No.NCPCR/2020-21/REC/EDU-122601, Dt:07.07.2020. 
  •  8. F.No.11-16/2020-Sch.4, Govt. of India, Ministry of Education, Dept. of School Education & Literacy, Dt: 05.10.2020. 
  • In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and in turn the state government have issued instructions for closure of schools during the academic year 2019-20 and there has been a shift in the mode of schooling i.e. from physical, one-to-one mode, to remote learning, through TV, computers, telephone etc.
  • The Ministry of Human Resource Development has communicated PRAGYATA Guidelines issued by Govt. of India on online teaching and the NCERT has communicated Alternative Academic Calendar (AAC) vide reference 7th cited. Accordingly, the Government of Telangana in the reference 5th cited have issued instructions for commencement of online classes from 1st September, 2020 through Doordarshan, TSAT and other digital platforms and instructed 50% of the teachers to attend schools, on rotation basis and monitor digital education. Further, the AAC and Worksheets for all subjects for 16 weeks have been hosted on the SCERT website.
  • Govt. of India vide reference 6th cited, have issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for partial reopening of Schools. Accordingly, the following guidelines are presently being issued to the RJDSEs and DEOs for partial reopening of schools from classes 9 to 12 and Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.) colleges for strict compliance.
  1. 1. Schools under all managements shall be physically reopened for students of classes 9, 10 and 11, 12 in KGBVs, TREIs, Model Schools and Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.) colleges from 1st February, 2021. No other classes shall reopen physically for the students.
  2. 2. The present digital classes being conducted through Doordarshan and TSAT, and other digital platforms shall continue and a blended form of learning through both online and offline platforms, shall be made available to students.
  3. 3. The Headmasters shall permit students after obtaining the written consent from parents/ guardians which is mandated by Govt. of India for students to attend physical classes.
  4. 4. All teachers handling classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 shall attend school daily. Students willing to study from home with the consent of the parent, may be allowed to do so. Students of other than above mentioned classes shall not attend school.
  5. 5. The schools shall function as per regular school timings.
  6. 6. The Headmasters shall prepare a customized seating plan as per the classroom size to ensure physical distance of atleast 6 feet between any two students.
  7. 7. The Headmasters shall ensure that all the students and staff wear masks.
  8. 8. Students suffering from cold, cough, fever shall not be allowed to attend school.
  9. 9. Children shall be provided Mid Day Meal while attending the schools.
  10. 10.Project-work, assignments upto 30% of the syllabus has already been communicated and it shall be completed at home under the guidance of teachers and parents and the remaining upto 70% syllabus shall be taught in schools by the teachers.
  11. 11.The last working day of the school shall be last day of the SSC examination. 
12. Headmasters/ Teachers shall ensure the following:
  • Create learner-friendly school and classroom environment. 
  • Teachers shall be prepared for teaching in classroom as well as follow-up of students studying from home through online mode. 
  • The Headmasters shall prepare customized timetable to ensure availability of teachers as per the customized seating plan. 
  •  Address concerns of Children with Special Needs along with other children.
  • Project-work, assignments to be done at home under the guidance of teachers and parents.
13. A District Level Committee is constituted under the Chairmanship of the District Collector by Government. The DEO shall report to the District level Committee as and when called upon to do so, with complete information.

14.The following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) shall be strictly adhered to

a) Sanitation Plan - Ensure proper cleaning and sanitation facilities in the school
b) Logistic plan
  • The Headmasters shall prepare customized seating plan as per the classroom size to ensure physical distance of atleast 6 feet among students and not more than 20 students per classroom. It is advisable to mark the seating that students should occupy.
  • If there are single-seater desks, simply providing space between the desks in the classrooms to maintain physical/social distancing of 6 feet will be effective. If benches are used, ‘one child-one bench’ norm shall be followed.
  • Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in the staff rooms, office area, and other places of public interaction.
  • The customized seating plan for every school in the district shall be submitted to the DEO by the concerned Headmasters. DEOs shall submit the consolidated report of the district to the DSE by 18th January, 2021.
  • Ensure Physical distancing at the Entry and Exit Points of the School:
  • The timing of entry and exit for students of different classes may be staggered.
  • Different lanes for entry and exit may be earmarked.
The Headmaster shall prepare their own customized plan for seating, use of playground, library and laboratory, break time, regular cleaning and disinfection of school infrastructure, use of transport, keeping in view the safety and physical/social distancing norms, and ensuring that the notices/ posters/ messages/ communication to parents in this regard are prominently displayed/ disseminated.

Ensuring safe transport:
  • Since students may be coming from different locations by using public transports such as buses, trains, etc., it is important that they minimize their contact and interaction with others on arrival at hostel, and effectively. Their health status shall be monitored regularly.
  • Sanitization of school transportation on regular basis at least twice a day - once before children board the transport and once after, before the next use.
  • All commuters shall wear face cover/ masks in the bus/ cab.
  • Students commuting through public transport shall be adequately guided by schools to take all precautions such as – physical distancing, covering nose and mouth with face cloth/ masks, sanitizing hands etc.
Display of Signages and markings for enforcing physical/ social distancing and safety protocols:
  • Displaying posters/messages/stickers and signage at appropriate places in the school reminding students about maintaining physical/social distancing.
  • Ban on spitting shall be strictly enforced.
  • Marking circles on ground at different places like reception, water facility stations, hand washing stations, area outside washrooms, and other areas.
  • Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental consent.
c) Medical plan
  • The Headmaster shall prepare a medical plan for every school / hostel.
  • The Headmaster shall keep the phone numbers of the nearest Primary Health Centre / any other reliable medical facility, which shall be contacted for medical aid/ emergency.
  • There shall be isolation rooms for staff / students having symptoms of COVID.
  • The Headmaster shall ensure that transportation is available to take the child to the nearest Primary Health Centre / any other reliable medical facility.
  • In case the child has symptoms of COVID, the parents shall be contacted and shall arrange transport to send the child back to their residence with proper escort.

The DEO shall consolidate and furnish the District-wise sanitation, logistic and medical plan to the Director of School Education by 18th January, 2021.

d) Mid Day Meal
  • The Headmasters shall ensure that kitchen, the place of serving mid day meals, utensils are cleaned and maintained in hygienic condition and ensure that the rice, provisions etc. are clean and available so that Mid Day Meals can be provided.
  • Physical distancing norms shall be observed in the kitchen as well. No other person shall be allowed in the kitchen except minimum essential staff. Cleanliness of kitchen and its staff shall be ensured.
  • Staggered timings may be put in place for having midday meals, to avoid crowding. 
  • Physical distancing at water taps shall be ensured. 
e) Ensure Safe Residential Stay at Hostel
  • Temporary, makeshift partitions may be erected to separate inmates/ boarders. Adequate distance between beds may be ensured.
  • Physical distancing shall be maintained all the times in hostels. Signage and messaging at prominent places is important and shall be consciously followed.
  • Since students may be coming from different locations by using public transport such as buses, trains, etc., it is important that they minimize their contact and interaction with others on arrival at hostel.
  • Arrangement for a regular visit of Counselor teacher or a Counselor shall be ensured to take care of any psychological or emotional health issues of the students.
  • The Headmaster and the concerned staff should inspect as frequently as required the kitchen, mess and lodging areas of hostels, dining area and ensure maintenance of hygiene.
  • Hostel staff to be trained on physical distancing norms, health and hygiene measures, consuming clean and nutritious food, etc., for the hostelers.

f) Examinations
  • As per RTE Act, there is no Detention Policy upto class 8 which shall be strictly followed. The schedule for class 10 exams will be issued separately.
  • Every child who is willing to write the relevant exam shall be allowed to do so without insisting on minimum attendance.
  • The Headmasters/ Teachers shall scrupulously follow the SOPs issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India which are available in the website of SCERT and any other guidelines issued from time to time.