Gangtok, October 15: The Education Department has taken a decision on reopening the schools of all management after the lockdown in Sikkim which started in the month of March, 2020. This decision has been taken in view of the instructions issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India to open the Schools in a graded manner after October 15, 2020.
The State Government has, therefore, taken the decision of re-opening of schools with effect from October 19, 2020. It may be recalled here that Government Schools in the State have already been functioning since September 21, 2020 with 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff members attending the workplace and students from classes IX to XII attending on a voluntary basis (with the written consent of their parents). Subsequent to the permission of the Government of India for the States to open the schools from October 15, 2020 with 100% teaching and non-teaching staff attending and students of Classes IX to XII attending on a voluntary basis, the Ministry of Education has also issued SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for the safety and wellbeing of the students and staff members.
Relevant SOPs of the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Union Government and the SOPs prepared by the Education Department of the State of Sikkim will be the basic guidelines while conducting the activities in Schools after the reopening in a graded manner. All schools are directed to follow these guidelines strictly.
A calendar has been prepared by the Department where various activities like the formation of groups, compiling of contact details of parents/guardians, informing groups about SOPs and other arrangements like hand washing, cleanliness, etc. have been assigned to the district heads and schools heads to be completed before the opening of the Schools from October 19.
As per the calendar, Classes IX to XII will continue on a voluntary basis and with the written permission of the parents/guardian to attend the school. Classes VI to VIII will resume with students attending only on a voluntary basis with the consent of their parents from November 02, 2020. Further, Primary classes (Classes III to V) may be started from November 23, 2020 subject to COVID-19 Pandemic situation prevailing at that time.
The Department also circulated the guidelines for reopening of hostels for all management (Government and Non-Government) establishments maintaining hostels in the State.
The winter holidays have been done away with completely and classes will function on all working days and half days on Saturdays (remaining half of Saturdays to be kept for cleaning etc). Further, all the notified Government holidays will be observed by the Schools.
The next academic session which was supposed to begin on February 02, 2021, will now begin on February 15, 2021. The current academic session shall end on February 13, 2021.
Press release issued by:
Director, Elementary Education and Samagra Shiksha
Nodal Officer for Public Relations and Publicity, Education Department.