Districts Authorized To Decide On Schooling Amid Covid-19 Threat

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Friday asked district magistrates to take a call on the continuation of academic activities i.e physical classes or online classes in their respective jurisdiction in view of rising COVID cases.

According to an order issued by the School Education Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, “Kindly refer Government Order(s) quoted above, regarding re-opening of schools/guidelines on COVID containment measures in JKUT, wherein detailed SOPs were mentioned to be followed for the opening of schools across JKUT. It has been observed that surge of pandemic Covid -19 has wide variation among districts.”

“In view of above, the decision regarding running of physical classes vis a vis online class requires to be taken at district level by Competent Authority, I am directed to convey that all the District Magistrates/Chairman DDMAs of Kashmir/Jammu Division(s) shall take a call on the continuation of academic activities i.e physical classes or online classes in their respective jurisdiction, keeping in view the safety of the students and present trend of Pandemic Covid-19 in different districts, Chief Education Officer and other authorities will assist in taking such decisions,” reads the order.

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