After nearly 10 months of closure, the Delhi government on Wednesday allowed government and government-aided schools in the national capital to reopen for classes 10th and 12th from January 18 for pre-board preparations and practical work.
Meanwhile, the schools have been asked only to call the students with the consent of their parents, thus the attendance has also been kept optional during the classes. The schools are also directed to follow all COVID-19 precautions and protocols strictly.
“In order to conduct the activities pertaining to pre-board preparations and practical work, the head of government, aided and unaided recognised schools may call the students of classes 10 and 12 only to school with effect from January 18, 2021″, the Delhi government said in its order.
“However, the child should be called to school only with the consent of parents, following the enclosed standard operating procedure”, the order added.
The Delhi government has also asked the schools to maintain a record of children coming to school, however, that should not be used for attendance purposes as sending the child to school is completely optional for parents.
“Further, while the records of children coming to school be maintained, the same should not be used for attendance purposes as sending the child to school is completely optional for parents,” the order further stated.
Schools in Delhi have been shut since March last year to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While several states had partially reopened schools after October, this will be the first time in 10 months that students in the national capital will return to their campuses. Students have been attending classes online.
The Delhi government’s circular further stated that only schools located outside the containment zones will be allowed to reopen. The teachers, students and staff residing in any containment zone area are not allowed to attend the school physically. The order also directed the schools not to hold any assembly and physical activities outdoor. The students are also advised not to share copies, books and stationery items.
Meanwhile, the CBSE had earlier last month announced the dates for the class 10th and class 12th board exams. According to the date sheet, the practical exams will begin from March 1, written exams will be conducted between May 3 and June 10. While the pre-board exams of Class 12 will be conducted between March 3 and April 15, for Class 10 they will be held between April 1 and April 15.