Sikkim School Reopening News: As per the latest update, the Sikkim State Government has permitted schools to run regular classes for students of Pre-Primary to Class 5 students from today i.e. 15th February 2021 onwards. Schools for these students are being reopened after a gap of 11 months and students and teachers have been advised to follow strict COVID-19 guidelines and SOPs while attending regular classes.

Official Circular Issued to Confirm Reopening

To confirm the development about reopening of schools for pre-primary to Class 5 students, an official circular has been issued by Elementary Education and Samagra Shiksha Director Bhim Thatal. The circular directs all state-run, government- aided and private schools to reopen the educational institutions for LKG to class 5 students. Prior to this, the state government had already commenced phase-wise reopening of schools for senior students in the state since October 2020.

Schools to Followed COVID-19 Guidelines

As part of the reopening process, all the school administrators have been asked to ensure complete compliance with the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines and SOPs. As per the guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry and State Education Department, following the reopening of schools, attendance of students would be kept voluntary. Moreover, students will have to carry written consent letter or permission letter from their parents in order to be allowed to attend regular classes. For initial period, the schools at the primary level will operate with 50 per cent capacity or alternatively on odd-even roll number basis. The schools will operate till 2 pm on every working day. Hostel facilities may also be available with COVID-19 guidelines in place.

Schools in Sikkim will reopen on Monday for pre-primary and primary students after a gap of 11 months with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol, the state government said. Elementary Education and Samagra Shiksha Director Bhim Thatal issued a circular directing all state-run, government- aided and private schools to reopen the educational institutions for LKG to class 5 students. Classroom teaching for senior students had started in a phased manner in the Himalayan state from October. Schools were closed since March last year following outbreak of COVID-19.

The institutions will be required to abide by the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and guidelines of the Ministry of Education of the Union government as well as the SOP and instructions of the state education department.

As per the SOP and instructions of the authorities, the attendance of students will be strictly on voluntary basis and consent of parents/guardians will be mandatory. The schools at the primary level will operate with 50 per cent capacity or alternatively on odd-even roll number basis wherever there are more students and less space. However, classrooms with lesser number of students may operate fully by ensuring sufficient distance between the students as per the COVID-19 safety protocol.

The schools will operate till 2 pm on every working day. Hostel facilities may also be available with COVID-19 guidelines in place. Holidays on second and fourth Saturdays will be restored for all levels of schools, students, teaching and non-teaching employees. After the reopening of schools, two to three weeks will be utilised for making up the losses in learning outcomes and other academic matters.

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