Orissa schools to resume physical classes for 11th and 8th after Pujo holidays – Times of India

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government on Friday announced the resumption of physical classes for Class XI and VIII students after the Durga Puja holiday as there is a declining trend in Kovid-1 cases in the state, a statement from the Department of Schools and Mass Education said. As the state is seeing a steady decline in the number of Kovid-1 cases, physical classes for Class XI will start from October 11 and October 21.

Classroom tutoring for 9th and 12th grade students has already resumed in the state for strict adherence to health safety guidelines.

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Eighth graders will not be given any cooked mid-day meal and will be given dry rations instead, the notification said.

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Hostels for 11th and 8th class students will also be reopened with the reopening date of schools following the Covid-1 prot protocol and social distance rules.

“The Covid-1 situation in the state is improving. We will start teaching classrooms for students in Class 11 and 8 from October 21 and October 25, respectively,” said SR Das, Minister for Schools and Mass Education.

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He, however, said that no decision has been taken on reopening the schools for students of class 1 to 7.

“A meeting will be held on October 16 with all the district education officers in the state in this regard and instructions will be issued to the 8th and 11th class students to start preparations for the commencement of classes,” he said.

The school will be closed from October 9 for Durga Puja and Kumar Purnima and will reopen on October 21.

The government has allowed state-run or government-aided or privately-run Oriya and English medium schools to reopen under the school-class opening strategy for the 2021-22 academic year, the notification said.

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Physical classes for Standard 11 will be held daily from 10.00 am to 1.30 pm and for Standard 8 from 9 am.

The order and guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare and the Special Relief Commissioner should be strictly followed, the notification said. The decision of the Collector and the District Magistrate to reopen the schools will be final considering the local situation.

Both online and offline classes will run and students will be able to take part in offline classes in consultation with their parents or guardians, the notification said.

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Classes can start from the above dates following the SOPs prescribed by the Department of Educational Institutions, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities, Schools and Mass Education under the administrative control of ST and SC development.

The notification said that parental consent is mandatory for students who want to stay in the hostel.

It said that common areas of the hostel, including the mess halls, should be sanitized frequently and strictly follow the previous standard operating procedure issued by the department for the management of the hostel.

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Orissa, meanwhile, logged 467 new Covid-1 cases on Friday, 54 less than the previous day, bringing the state’s caseload to 10,34,276. Five new deaths during the day brought the death toll from the coronavirus to 8,279, a health official said.

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