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    Assam schools reopened from November 2, 2020, as per the latest updates from Government officials. The Chief Minister of the state, Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the education department to take up strictly follow the COVID-19 protocols while reopening schools on November 2 after more than seven months.

    Classroom teaching would begin from November 2nd for the students of class 6 and above. The education department informed that the students of classes 6, 7, 9 and 12 would engage in classroom teachings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays of every week while those of classes 8, 10 and 11 would report to school on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    In a similar way, college students of 1st, 3rd and 5th semesters would have classes for two, three and four days respectively week after week. Classes would begin in two phases and each phase is only allowed a maximum of 25 students.

    Assam School Reopening: Guidelines and protocols to be followed

    1. Sonowal stressed that the classes need to begin early in the morning and maintain a proper gap between classroom timings of two groups of students and keep toilets clean and sanitised. The CM raised this issue with the officials of the education and health department.
    2. Instructions were issued supporting usage of audiovisual tools and other ways such as storytelling in the first month to mould students back to the form of formal education, said an official release.
    3. The chief minister insisted that the education department must provide smartphones to the students of economically disadvantaged sections for attending online classes.
    4. The education ministry has instructed the department to provide iron and folic acid tablets to students to boost their immunity
    5. The schools have also been asked to hold yoga classes and conduct regular health screenings of pupils.

    CM Sonowal has also suggested felicitating COVID warriors and plasma donors in schools so that students can be inspired to work for society. Deputy Commissioners of all districts have been asked to stay prepared for any emergency COVID-19 related situation.

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