Kerala: School reopening guidelines released

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The Kerala Government has released guidelines called “Back to School” for re-opening of schools in the state from 1st November.

The Matrubhumi reports that in the first phase classes will be held for half a day for two weeks. Permission from parents will be mandatory for students to attend physical class.

Differently abled students may choose to opt out of offline classes, and schools may decide whether or not to provide lunch to the students. All teachers and staff must have taken both doses of the Covid vaccine. Schools that lack buses can seek KSRTC buses on BOND (Bus On-Demand) basis to ensure the safe commutation of students, these will not be chargeable.

The guidelines further require all shopkeepers and sales staff in shops close to schools to be vaccinated. Classes will be conducted in a bio-bubble.

Only 3 students will be allowed in autorickshaws on school duty. Mask and hand sanitiser will be provided in the schools. From classes 1 to 7, a maximum of two students will be allowed to sit on one bench. Online classes will also continue for now and uniforms and assembly will not be complsory for now. Each batch will attend school for three consecutive days.

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