DIMAPUR, AUGUST 2: The Government of Nagaland today said that any teacher or non-teaching staff of any school, which is opening for resumption of regular classes for students of Class 11 and 12, is not fully vaccinated (not taken both the doses) against COVID-19 or has taken the first dose but 15 days have not passed or has not taken any dose of the vaccine, the teacher or non-teaching staff would be required to undergo testing every 15 days for COVID-19 through either RT-PCR or TrueNat or CBNAT on self-payment basis and make available the negative COVID-19 test report.
The Government has also issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the re-opening of schools on the preventive measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
According to an ‘addendum’ issued by Chief Secretary J Alam, the maximum allowed percentage of attendance of students in any class on a particular day would be 50%.
All the teachers and non-teaching staff should be fully vaccinated (taken both the doses) against COVID-19, or should have taken the 1s (first) dose of vaccine against COVID-19, and at least 15 days should have passed since taking the 1 (first dose), or should have been tested negative for COVID-19 through either RT-PCR or TrueNat or CBNAAT once in every 15 days.
The schools planning to re-open should submit the list of all the teaching/non-teaching staff along with the details of the vaccination status or testing status as the case may be, as well as all the arrangements being made for ensuring adherence to the provisions of this SOP to the respective District Task Force (DTF) through the District Education Officer concerned.
The DTF may carry out verifications as considered necessary, and on being satisfied of the overall preparedness of the school concerned, may grant permission for the re-opening of the school.
The schools which have cases of teacher/non-teaching staff submitting negative COVID-19 test report on account of not being vaccinated against COVID-19 as mentioned above, shall submit the details of the COVID-testing status of such teachers/non-teaching staff every 15 days to the respective District Task Force (DTF) through the District Education Officer concerned.
The schools should continue with the present system of online teaching while making preparations and awaiting clearance from the DTF for re-opening for conduct of the regular Classes, the Chief Secretary stated.
(Page News Service)