Re-opening of Schools and Learning with Physical/Social distancing – SOP/ Guidelines for Health and Safety protocols – reg.

Re-opening of Schools and Learning with Physical/Social distancing – SOP/ Guidelines for Health and Safety protocols – reg.

Re-opening of Schools and Learning with Physical/Social distancing – SOP/ Guidelines for Health and Safety protocols – reg.

SOP/Guidelines for
Health and Safety protocols for
Reopening of Schools
Learning with Physical/Social Distancing


PART I- SOPs for Health, Hygiene and Safety Click to view
I. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs )for Health, Hygiene and other Safety Protocols before opening of schools
II. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Health, Hygiene and other Safety Protocols after opening of schools.
III. SOPs for serving Mid-day meal in schools
PART II Learning with Physical/social distancing Click to view
IV. Redefining Teaching, Learning and Assessment to achieve desired Learning Outcomes
V. Ensuring smooth transition of students from home-based schooling during lockdown to formal schooling
VI. Ensuring emotional well-being of students and teachers
VII. Specific roles and responsibilities of State/UT Education Department
VIII. Checklist for Safe school Environment
IX. Capacity building of stakeholders
ANNEXURES Click to view
Annexure A- Promoting Emotional Well-Being of students and teach
Annexure B -Roles and Responsibilities of Different Stakeholders
Annexure C – Checklists for Safe School Environment

The Ministry of Home Affairs vide Order no. 40-3/2020-DM-I (A) dated 30th September, 2020, has issued guidelines for re-opening, following lockdown measures put in place for containment of COVID-19 in the country under the under the Disaster Management Act, 2005. Among the activities permitted outside the Containment Zones is the re-opening of schools and coaching institutions, after 15th October, 2020, in a graded manner, for which the State/UT Government may take a decision in consultation with the respective school/institution management, based on their assessment of the Situation and subject to the following conditions:

  • a. Online/distance learning shall continue to be the preferred mode of teaching and shall be encouraged
  • b. Where schools are conducting online classes, and some students prefer to attend online classes rather than physically attend school, they may be permitted to do so.
  • c. Students may attend schools/institutions only with the written consent of parents.
  • d. Attendance must not be enforced, and must depend entirely on parental
  • e. States/ UTs will prepare their own Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) regarding health and_ safety precautions for reopening’ of schools/institutions based on SOP to be issued by Department of School Education and Literacy (DoSEL), Ministry of Education, Government of India, keeping local requirements in view.
  • f. Schools which are allowed to open, will have to mandatorily follow the SOP to be issued by Education Departments of States/UTs prepared as above.

Accordingly, the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Education, has prepared the following guidelines/SOP for re-opening of schools. The guidelines are divided into two parts:

  • a) Part I refers to the health and safety aspects for reopening schools. These are based on the prevailing instructions of Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare with regard to health and safety protocols, and maybe implemented by adopting/adapting in accordance with the local Situation in all states/UTs.
  • Part II refers to learning with physical/social distancing and the academic aspects related to the delivery of education, such as, curriculum transactions, instructional load, timetables, assessment, etc. These are advisory in nature. States &UTs may use these in the manner deemed fit to prepare their own guidelines own Standard Operating Procedures for reopening schools and for training different stakeholders as and when the State/Union Territory Governments declare it safe for schools to operate.
  • The extent and severity of COVID-19 is evolving and changing with time and also varies spatially from region to region. The response and safety protocols will accordingly need to be adjusted to these dynamics by the States/UTs from time to time. States/UTs while adopting the measures suggested may plan additional measures depending on the local situation.
  • All states/UTs are expected to comply with the COVID-19 related directions issued by Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, from time to time.
  • It is pertinent to note that many schools have been used as quarantine centres, therefore, it is of utmost importance to properly sanitize/deep clean all of these schools before reopening them. School re-opening must be safe and consistent and aligned with India’s overall COVID-19 health response, with adequate measures taken to protect students, teachers, other staff, cook-cum-helpers and their families. Teachers and other staff may be encouraged to use Arogya Setu Application for their own as well as others safety.


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