Schools in Punjab to reopen from Monday for classes 9-12
Chandigarh/IBNS: Schools in Punjab outside containment zones will reopen from Monday for classes 9-12, the state government said on Thursday.
School Education Minister of Punjab Vijay Inder Singla said the state education department issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure the safety of the students.
He said that detailed guidelines on reopening of schools have also been sent to district education officers.
School authorities have been given precise instruction on the implementation of such guidelines while allowing students to attend physical classes.
"As the schools are already conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so. The students will be able to attend the physical classes only with the written consent of parents," the minister said.
Singla said that the parents should also ensure that their children going to school should wear a mask mandatorily.
Schools and colleges have been shut across the country since March when the country went into lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus.