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Classes 10 and 12 resume in adherence to Covid-19 guidelines in Jamshedpur

Thin attendance marks resumption in government schools, colleges, private schools to start in New Year

Jamshedpur, Dec 21: Classes for 10 and 12 resumed in most of the government secondary schools and intermediate colleges across Jamshedpur after nearly nine months on Monday.

Following the notification by the state government, the district education officer (DEO) S. D Tigga had asked all the 136 high schools (for class 10) and 20 intermediate colleges to start the classes with strict adherence to the Covid-19 guidelines.

However, most of the private English medium schools have been closed for winter vacations and would resume classes in January first week of the New Year. 

“Only those educational institutions situated outside containment zones are allowed to open for class 10 and 12. However, parents need to give written approval that they are willing to send their children to school and they will follow all the Covid-19 related rules. We have asked schools to follow social distancing and other rules and suggest to introduce the odd-even system and inform the parents about the same as otherwise it would be difficult to follow social distancing if all students attend classes together,” said S. D Tigga.

Directive has also been given to avoid assembly at schools and continue with online classes as has been done during lock down.

Though students were excited to attend the school after a long span, at the same time they experienced a total change in the classes.

“Everything is changed. We are used to online classes now but we were eagerly waiting to attend the regular classes after a long period,” said Mitali Karmakar, a class 10 student of People’s Academy High School, Baradwari.

Meanwhile, students had to enter school wearing masks and all schools allowed students to enter classes after checking temperature in thermal scanner after filling up an pledge that they would be abiding all rules laid out in view of Covid-19 pandemic.  There were sanitizers installed in front of all the classrooms.

Most of the schools had one student sitting in one bench. On the first day, attendance varied between 35 and 40 per cent.

Faculties in most of the schools have been directed to ensure that students wash their hands or clean with sanitizer after each period and students have been asked strictly not to share their stationaries and books with each other either inside class or outside classroom in the school premises.

Students were also asked to immediately inform authorities if any students has fever or Covid-19 symptoms.

Significantly, schools and colleges have been closed since March across Jharkhand in view of Covid-19 pandemic. 

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