Webinar :Register now for webinar on 'Trade BankNifty in just 15 minutes a day' - By Asmita Patel
you are here: HomeNewsIndia
Last Updated : Oct 26, 2020 10:31 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Unlock 5.0 | Uttarakhand to reopen schools for 10th, 12th from November 2; check guidelines here

The decision was taken by the state Cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat after receiving feedback from district magistrates and other stakeholders.

The Uttarakhand government has allowed the reopening of schools in the state for 10th and 12th standard students starting November 2. The MHA in its Unlock 5.0 guidelines had given state  governments the flexibility to take a decision in reopening schools after October 15 in a graded manner.

Detailed guidelines to reopen schools were issued by the central government. These include standard operating procedures (SOP) like the duration of the classes, what activities are allowed and how social distancing will be maintained.

Close

Education Minister of Uttarakhand Arvind Pandey said, "The government has taken into account all aspects of COVID-19 precautions in the SOP issued for opening the school."

COVID-19 Vaccine

Frequently Asked Questions

View more
How does a vaccine work?

A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.

How many types of vaccines are there?

There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.

What does it take to develop a vaccine of this kind?

Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.

View more
Show

"From November 2, classes for 10th and 12th standards will start, but the students will be allowed to enter the schools only after written permission from parents," he added. Uttarakhand is the latest among several states to continue in-person schooling.

According to the guidelines, the schools will have to follow strict sanitisation of school premises before and after classes daily. They will also have to arrange sanitisers and thermal screenings for students and all staff.

Also Read: SOPs on school reopening: Do I need to attend classes everyday, are bags banned and other questions answered

Proper social distancing should be ensured while students arrive at and leave school and it is mandatory for all students and teachers to wear face masks when entering and on the premises.

Usage of multiple gates at the time of entry and exit has been advised and earmarking classes for each gate can be done to avoid crowding. Schools have also asked not to encourage organising of in-person events to ensure a smaller crowd buildup.

Follow our LIVE blog for the latest updates of the novel coronavirus pandemic

The students will be taught in the school premises but no homework shall be given and revision work would continue through the online medium.

As per a Times of India report, the SOPs also included guidelines for boarding schools which state that a COVID-19 negative report has to be submitted by the staff and student to the chief education officer of the respective district 72 hours before the reopening of the school. If a boarding student is staying back at their homes, it is not compulsory for them to join. The boarding school shall provide the online school facility for such students.

The decision was taken by the state Cabinet in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on October 14. The Cabinet agreed with feedback from district magistrates, made in consultation with district education officers and students' parents.

Follow our full coverage of the coronavirus pandemic here.
First Published on Oct 26, 2020 07:15 pm
Sections