However, they said that attendance in private and government schools for the two classes was low, but is expected to increase in the coming days.
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All educational institutions, including universities and colleges, were closed for offline classes on April 18 to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Many institutions of higher education have started operating for vaccinated students earlier this month. According to the latest Covid containment guidelines issued by the President and Chief Secretary of the State Executive Committee (SEC), Arun Kumar Mehta, on Sunday night, the government allowed schools to reopen for classes 10 and 12 to teaching in person with certain conditions, including permission from the concerned deputy commissioner and strict adherence to appropriate Covid behavior.
Regular classes for level 12 were allowed in educational institutions with limited face-to-face teaching not to exceed 50 percent on any given day for vaccinated students and staff. Similarly, the deputy commissioner in question allowed limited face-to-face teaching of students in class 10, not to exceed 50 percent on any given day, after ensuring compliance with appropriate Covid conduct by management. from school.
“However, the classes will be held after due selection through the Rapid 100% Antigen Test or RT-PCR, which will also be subject to the consent of parents and students,” the order reads.
Shiksha Niketan Upper Secondary School Principal Rameshwar Mengi said that 20 percent of the nearly 3,000 students enrolled in classes 10 and 12 attended school on the first day.
“We have received parental consent from 60 percent of the students and we are hopeful that student attendance will rebound in the coming days,” he told PTI.
However, he said that most of the students in class 12 have not been vaccinated as they are only 17 years old.
“We raised the issue with the Jammu Deputy Commissioner, who allowed us to admit students for offline classes after 100% RT-PCR testing,” he said.
He said that only students who had a negative Covid-19 report were allowed to enter the school premises after a proper evaluation and hand sanitization.
“All classrooms have already been disinfected and adequate seating arrangements have been made in each class to maintain social distance,” he said.
Kunal Singh, a student in class 10, said that he is happy to return to school after a long interval.
“Online is not an alternative to offline classes. We will try to take the opportunity to clarify our doubts and prepare for the final exam,” said Singh.
Another student, Taaniya, thanked the school administration for making the necessary arrangements to ensure the safety of the students.
“My parents were concerned for my safety, but they will breathe a sigh of relief when I inform them of management’s strict adherence to appropriate Covid behavior,” he said, expressing hope that they would complete their study program without further interruption. .
The SEC has also reiterated the reopening of coaching centers for Civil Services or Engineering or NEET with limited face-to-face teaching but only for fully vaccinated staff and students.
All other training centers, along with schools for the rest of the classes, will remain closed for in-person teaching, the order said.
Meanwhile, the administration has doubled the meeting limit from 25 to 50 in banquet halls subject to certain conditions and also reduced the night curfew in some districts by two hours.
“While a maximum number of people who will be allowed to attend indoor / outdoor meetings will remain strictly restricted to 25, banquet halls in districts where the Covid positivity rate is less than 0.2 and the number weekly cases is less than 250, they will be allowed to improve the limit of guests to 50 for vaccinated people or those with verifiable RT-PCR or RAT report no greater than 72 hours, “said the SEC.
“District magistrates and police superintendents will enforce the order,” he said.
While the night curfew will remain in effect in all districts from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., districts with a positivity rate of less than 0.2 and a weekly case count of less than 250 will see curfew restrictions of 10 pm to 6 am, depending on the order.