Bhubaneswar: All government and private schools across Odisha, that were closed for months in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, reopened today for the students of classes X and XII.
While all classrooms, furniture, and other areas of the schools have been sanitised, a separate isolation room has been marked in all the schools and kept ready in case any student or staff develops Covid symptoms.
Adequate soap (solid/liquid) and running water have been made available in all washrooms and toilets of the schools. Hand sanitizers have been mandatorily kept for teachers, students and staff in each classroom.
Special seating arrangements have been done inside the classrooms to maintain social distancing while attending classes. Thermal screening of all the teachers, students and staff is being done prior to their entry into the school premises.
The decision to reopen schools and resume the physical mode of teaching for classes X and XII was taken in view of the problems faced by students in online teaching mode due to poor internet connectivity in many places in the State.
As informed earlier by School & Mass Education Secretary Satyabrata Sahu, classes will be held from 10 AM to 1.30 PM without any recess. The schools will remain closed on Sundays and other government holidays.
It is not mandatory for all students to attend classes physically only those who wish to attend the classes physically can attend the schools, he had clarified. Others can continue attending the classes through online mode.
School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash had clarified that consent of parents/guardians is mandatory for students to attend physical classroom teaching in schools as well as stay in hostels.