Students of classes 9 and 11 in Tamilnadu returned to school today after almost ten months of coronavirus outbreak.
The school education department has directed the schools to ensure utmost safety for the students.
Apart from strict physical distancing norms, schools are expected to ensure students and staff members wear masks at all times, use thermal scanners and ensure the campus is sanitised and disinfected every day.
School Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan has said that attendance is not compulsory for the students. Schools will also be required to get consent forms from parents who are willing to send their children back to school.
In a letter to all district collectors, Principal Secretary, School Education, Dheeraj Kumar has reiterated that as was being done for students of classes 10 and 12, health camps should be conducted in all schools after they reopen for students of classes 9 and 11 as well.
Local medical staff in Primary Health Centres and hospitals nearby need to be kept alert and SoPs are to be strictly followed with regard to the noon meal scheme as well as arranging sufficient transport facilities for the students and following the guidelines there as well. It may be noted that classes resumed for students of classes ten and twelve in January.