Schools in Nagaland have been allowed to function from the 15th of February for classes 1-8, there have been lots of joy and excitement, especially among those qualified students. Following the reopening of schools, the state government have issued some SOP's to be followed by both students and faculties when conducting their physical/offline classes.
In an order issued by the Chief Secretary, a maximum of 50% attendance has been allowed in any physical/offline class on a particular day. Prior consent of the parents before sending their children to school must be done if not the students will not be allowed to attend offline classes. Further, alternate day routine for classes e.g. Monday, Wednesday and Friday for class 1 and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for class 2 should be prepared by all schools to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection among any of the students.
The District Task Force (DTF) may also conduct verifications and others after they are confident, then the schools will be allowed to reopen for physical/offline classes.All the teachers and non-teaching staff have been directed to be vaccinated so that they do not run the risk of infecting anyone. In case they do not wish to be vaccinated, then they must produce a negative test report either RT-PCR or TrueNat or CBNAAT once every 15 days, the order stated.
Whilst awaiting clearance from the District Task Force (DTF) for the reopening of the schools, the school authorities have been asked to continue with the present system of online teaching before they can conduct their physical/offline classes. All the students, teachers and employees have been requested to adhere to and follow the preventive measures every single time.
The preventive measures include- the mandatory wearing of face covers/masks by all concerned l, maintaining the physical distance of 6 feet or as far as feasible. Also, those schools that are outside the containment zones can reopen the schools and conduct classes. Whereas, those schools that are under the containment zones have been advised to not reopen their school nor conduct any physical/offline classes.