UP has decided to evaluate the present situation with respect to the pandemic, before reopening schools.
The Uttar Pradesh government is considering to resume schools across all districts, for students of classes 6 to 8. In a review meeting conducted at CM's residence yesterday, state authorities have decided to undertake a holistic evaluation to resume schools for the junior classes. An official in the Chief Minister's Office, informed schools in Lucknow and other state districts are likely to resume classes, on-premises, in 10 days' time.
Uttar Pradesh schools to adhere to Standard Operating Protocols
All educational institutes, across the nation, were clamped shut in March 2020 with the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. In Uttar Pradesh though, classes were resumed for senior school students (Std 9 to 12) earlier in October 2020, in a staggered manner. Besides them, coaching institutes outside containment zones were also permitted to reopen after October 15, last year, under the authority of state established Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs). However, the lockdown extended over middle and junior schools, until now.
An official tweet from the handle of CMO UP, stated, "According to the guidelines of the Government of India, the schools should be considered for starting classes from Class 6 to Class 12 in the next 10 days. These classes should be started only after a thorough assessment of the situation." This time too, schools in Lucknow and other districts are expected to follow all the SOPs, set before and after reopening.
As per the guidelines and protocols issued earlier in October, the classes were scheduled on alternate days with students attending classes in shifts. This was done to respect the norms of safe social distancing among the student body and staff. Directives for proper sanitisation of school premises and classrooms were also issued.
State Board Examinations to be conducted in 2 phases
State board examinations in Uttar Pradesh have been segregated in two phases, where the first phase has been flagged off today, February 3, Wednesday. As per reports, the second session will commence from February 13. Meanwhile, theory examinations are scheduled to be conducted in April/May.