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Nagaland permits regular classes for standard 1-5 from March 22

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DIMAPUR, MARCH 16: Nagaland government has allowed re-opening of regular session for classes 1 to 5 in schools across the State from March 22.
The Principal Secretary of Home, Abhijit Sinha on Tuesday issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), containing various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 when schools resume normal functioning.


In March last year, schools in Nagaland were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and educational institutions had been conducting online classes during the period. Recently, the State government had permitted re-opening of classes 6 and above.
The generic preventive measures include simple public health measures to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19, Sinha said.
These measures need to be observed by all including teachers, employees and students at all times.
The government SOP states that physical distancing of at least 6 feet should be followed as far as feasible, while use of face covers/masks would be mandatory.
It has also directed frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty.
Use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible, it said while also emphasising on respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed.
The sop also prohibits spitting around.
The sop has also asked the school authorities to specifically ensure seating arrangement to ensure a distance of 6 feet between chairs, desks etc. and also prepare alternate day routine for classes as per the enrolment in each class and the infrastructure facilities available.
Schools outside the containment zones only shall be allowed to open, said Sinha, adding that students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend schools.
Students, teachers and employees shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones.
Assemblies, sports and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited under the SOP, he said.
The schools should display state helpline numbers and also numbers of local health authorities to teachers, students and employees to contact in case of any emergency, he added. (Page News Service)

SOPs for re-opening of residential schools, hostels and guest houses/paying guest
accommodation for students on the preventive measures to contain the spread of Covid-19

i. Hostels may be opened only in such cases where it is necessary while strictly observing the safety and health preventive measures as issued by the Government from time to time.
ii. Students who are not local residents of the city /town/locality, or do not have any support at home, or do not have facility for on-line education may be prioritized for allotment of hostel facilities.
iii. Boarders/hostellers shall be allowed to return to the boarding facility in phases.
iv. Screening of every boarder/hosteller shall be conducted before allowing boarding in the hostel, residential schools and guest houses/paying guest accommodation. Only asymptomatic boarders shall be allowed to join.
v. Faculty, staff and students should submit self-disclosure, if any of their family members have been infected/availed treatment for COVID-19.
vi. Thermal Screening of all resident students should be ensured.
vii. Pulse oximeter to check oxygen saturation levels of any symptomatic person must be arranged.
viii. Since residential students may be coming from different locations, they shall remain in quarantine for monitoring of their health condition for the specified period of 14 days before being allowed to attend classes or as per the policy of the State Government for quarantine issued from time to time (even if a covid -19 negative test report is submitted).
ix. There should not be crowding in hostel areas. Therefore, the number of boarders shall be limited appropriately.
x. In shared rooms/dormitories, the beds should be placed at a distance of 6 feet from each other. Temporary partitions may be considered, if feasible.
xi. Symptomatic boarders/hostellers shall be isolated in the designated isolation facility at the institute/hostel and shall be referred to the nearest COVID treatment facility for clinical assessment and treatment.
xii. Density in dining halls, common rooms, playing areas should be limited, keeping in view the requirement of physical distancing.
xiii. Hygiene conditions should be regularly monitored in kitchens, dining halls, bathrooms and toilets etc.
xiv. Cleanliness shall be maintained in dining areas. Utensils should be properly cleaned.
xv. In case mess facility is within the premises, then mess timings may be increased/staggered. Meals should be served in small batches, to avoid over-crowding. Take away options should be available for students and staff.
xvi. It must be ensured that the meals are freshly cooked. A senior staff should monitor the same.
xvii. Wearing of face covers/masks and proper sanitization of hands of the staff engaged for the preparation and distribution of meals should be ensured.
xviii. Resident students and staff should avoid or limit visiting the markets. As far as possible, essential items may be made available within the campus.
xix. Every institutions should regularly monitor the health of its students, faculty, and staff.
xx. Hostels should be out of bound for all persons except essential staff with known health status.
xxi.In addition to the above, the provisions of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued vide Office of Chief Secretary’s order No CSO/GAB-l/COM/GEN-1 2020 dated 1.2.2021 for the reopening of Schools in Nagaland for students of classes 6 (six) and above on the preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19 (appended as Annexure II), as applicable, will also be required to be strictly observed by all concerned.
xxii.Any violation of the provisions of the above SOP will attract action as per legal provisions against the management, employees, staff of the residential schools/hostels/guest houses, or students, as the case may be.
SOP for Reopening Of Schools For Students Of Classes 6 To 12 On The Preventive Measures To Contain Spread Of Covid-19

  1. Scope
    This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) outlines various generic precautionary measures to be adopted in addition to specific measures to be taken to prevent spread of COVID-19 when schools resume normal functioning for students of classes 6 to 12.
  2. Generic Preventive Measures
    The generic preventive measures include simple public health measures that are to be followed to reduce the risk of COVID-19. These measures need to be observed by all (teachers, employees and students) in these places at all times.
    These include:
    i. Physical distancing of at least 6 feet to be followed asfar as feasible.
    ii.Use of face covers/masks to be made mandatory.
    iii.Frequent hand washing with soap (for at least 40-60 seconds) even when hands are not visibly dirty. Use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers (for at least 20 seconds) can be done wherever feasible.
    iv. Respiratory etiquettes to be strictly followed. This involves strict practice of covering one’s mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing with a tissue,handkerchief/flexed elbow and disposing off used tissues properly.
    v. Self-monitoring of health by all and reporting any illness at the earliest.
    vi. Spitting shall be strictly prohibited.
    vii. Installation & use of Aarogya Setu App mav be advised wherever feasible.
    3. All schools (with classes 6 to 12) shall specifically ensure the following arrangements
    i. Seating arrangement to ensure a distance of 6 feet between chairs, desks etc.
    ii. Schools shall prepare alternate day routine for classes so as to fulfill the parameters given in 2(i) & 3(i) above. For example: Monday, Wednesday, Friday for classes VI to VIII and Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for classes IX to X etc.
    iii. Schools shall frame the alternate day routine as per the enrolment in each class and the infrastructure facilities available.
    iv. Supplementary Online/distance learning shall be encouraged.
    4.1 BEFORE OPENING UP OF SCHOOLS
    a)Planning of reopening of schools.
    i. Schools outside the containment zones only shall be allowed to open. Further, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend schools. Students, teachers and employees shall also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones.
    ii. Prior to resumption of activities, all work areas intended for teaching/demonstrations etc., including laboratories, other common utility areas shall be sanitized with 1% sodium hypochlorite solution, with particular attention to frequently touched surfaces.
    iii. Schools that were used as quarantine centres will be properly sanitized and deep cleaned before functioning of the school is resumed. Guidelines issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India for disinfection of common public places including offices may be referred to in this regard) (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Guidelinesondisinfectionofcommonpublicplacesi ncludirtgoffices.pdf)
    iv. Instead of biometric attendance alternate arrangements for contactless attendance shall be made by the school administration.
    v. At all times, the teachers and students shall maintain a physical distancing of 6 feet apart, wherever feasible. Scheduling of activities and seating plan shall be made accordingly.
    vi. Hand washing facilities along with provision of soap shall be ensured
    vii. For ensuring queue management, inside and outside the premises, specific markings on the floor with a gap of 6 feet may be made. Similarly, physical distancing shall also be maintained in staff rooms, office areas (including reception area), and other places (mess, libraries, cafeterias, etc.).
    viii. Weather permitting, outdoor spaces may be utilized for conducting teacher student interactions, keeping in view the safety and security of students and physical distancing protocols.
    ix. Assemblies, sports and events that can lead to overcrowding are strictly prohibited.
    x. Schools should display State helpline numbers and also numbers of local health authorities etc. to teachers /students / employees to contact in case of any emergency.
    xi. For air-conditioning/ventilation wherever applicable, the guidelines of CPWD shall be followed which emphasizes that the temperature setting of all air conditioning devices should be in the range of 24-30° C, relative humidity should be in the range of 40-70%, intake of fresh air should be as much as possible and cross ventilation should be adequate.
    xii. Lockers of students will remain in use, as long as physical distancing and regular disinfection is maintained.
    xiii. Gymnasiums shall follow the provisions of the SOPs enclosed as Annexure-D to Order NO.CSO/GAB-I/COM/GEN-I/2020/(A) dated 31st August 2020 (available at: https://covidl9.nagaland.^ov.in/docs/1600410622.pdft.
    xiv. Swimming Pool (wherever applicable) shall remain closed.
    b) Planning and scheduling of activities
    All employees who are at higher risk i.e. older employees, pregnant employees and employees who have underlying medical conditions to take extra precautions. They should preferably not be exposed to any front-line work requiring direct contact with the students.
    iGOT online modules training course on ‘basic awareness on COVID’
    (https://diksha.gov.in/igot/explore-course/course/do_31301G389971255296164) may be undertaken by all employee and students on the first day.
    c) Availability and management of supplies
    i. Appropriate back-up stock of personal protection items like face covers/masks, visors, hand sanitizers etc. shalkbe made available by school managements to teachers and employees.
    ii. Provide adequate supply of thermal guns, alcohol wipes or 1% sodium hypochlorite solutions and disposable paper tov/els., soap, IEG materials on COVID.
    iii. Pulse oximeter to check oxygen saturation levels of any symptomatic person must be arranged.
    iv. Ensure availability of sufficient covered dustbins andtrashcans.
    v. Provision for proper disposal of used personal protective items and general waste in accordance with CPCB guidelines (available at: CPCB | Central Pollution Control Board /Bio-Medical-Waste/BMW- GUIDELINES-COVID I.pdf) shall be made.
    vi. Housekeeping employees to be informed & trained about norms for waste management & disposal
    4.2 AFTER OPENING OF SCHOOLS
    a) At the entry point
    i. Entrance to have mandatory hand’ hygiene (sanitizer dispenser/hand washing facilities) and thermal screening provisions. Multiple gates/separate gates, if feasible, should be used for entry and exit.
    ii. Only asymptomatic persons (teachers, employees and students) to be allowed in the premises. If a teacher /employee /student is found to be symptomatic, he/she should ~>e referred to nearest health center.
    iii.Posters/standees on preventive measures about C0VID-.19 to be displayed prominently.
    iv. Proper crowd management in the parking lots, in corridors and in elevators – duly following physical distancing norms shall be organized.
    v. Entry of visitors should be strictly regulated/restricted.
    b) Conduct of activities in the rooms or open spaces within the school campus
    i. Seating arrangement to ensure a distance of 6 feet between chairs desks etc.
    ii. Staggering of activities to be done, with separate timings/slots, to allow for adequate physical distancing and disinfection of classroom premises.
    iii.The teaching faculty will ensure that they themselves and students wear masks throughout the conduct of the teaching/guidanceactivities.
    iv. Sharing of items like notebook, pens/pencil, eraser, water bottle etc. amongst student should not be allowed.
    c) Conduct of skill based training in workshops /laboratories
    i. For practical activities in laboratories maximum capacity per session based on redesigned spaces, may be planned and scheduled accordingly.
    ii. Ensure that the equipments have been disinfected, particularly the frequently touched surfaces before and after each use.
    iii. Ensure a floor area of 4m2per person is available for working on equipment/workstation.
    iv. Ensure that members sanitize their hands/ wash with soap before and after using training equipment. For such purpose hand sanitizer /hand washing facility should be provided at workstations/simulation labs etc.
    d)Activities in common areas – library, me.ss/canteen, common rooms, gymnasium etc.
    i. Physical distancing of 6 feet needs to be maintained
    ii. Persons using the common areas need to use mask/face cover all the time
    iii. Cafeteria/mess facility, if any within the premises, shall remain closed.
    e) Transportation to and from the institution:
    If transportation facility is being managed by the school, proper physical distancing, sanitization of buses/other transport vehicles (with 1% sodium hypochlorite) shall be ensured.
    4.3 Hygiene and Sanitation
    i. Daily cleaning/sanitization of the floors shall be taken up.
    ii. Provision of soap in toilets and hand sanitizers in other common areas insufficient quantity must be ensured.
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