Guwahati, Jan 1 (PTI) Schools of Assam reopened for primary students on Friday after 10 months in a staggered way following strict COVID-19 protocols, officials said.
Classroom teaching started on the first day of the new year for pupils studying in classes one to five, though their attendance is not compulsory and will depend on parental consent.
Over 50 per cent students who were full of enthusiasm attended schools wearing masks and they used sanitiser before entering classrooms, officials said.
Strict safety protocol has been put in place for reopening of schools, which includes regular sanitisation of classrooms. District administration will closely monitor the situation.
Students of classes one, two and three will attend school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays while those studying in classes four and will go to their institutes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Classes for the elementary level will be held between 9.45 am and 1:45 pm with a half-an-hour lunch break from 12:15 pm, officials said adding that students below the age of five years cannot attend schools.
Staggered classes were being held from September for students from class six onwards in both government and private educational institutes and they started attending classes in a normal manner from Friday.
The online mode of education will continue for students who do not want to attend physical classes and it is applicable to all private and coaching institutions as well, officials said.
Teaching and non-teaching staff will have to undergo COVID-19 test every 30 days and there will be no cultural or other functions in schools until further government orders, according to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Education Department.
Educational institutes in Assam were closed since March 29.
Hostels for students of classes 10 and 12 in residential schools, colleges and universities have started functioning from December 15 following directives from the state education department.
Colleges, universities, engineering colleges, polytechnics and other professional institutions will function normally as per their academic calendar and guidelines issued by the respective authorities. PTI DG NN NN