Govt Unlocks Offline Education From Feb 14, Issues Guidelines

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday ordered the opening of all the educational institutions from February 14, 2022. It issued a detailed order highlighting the guidelines that the students and the management will have to follow to prevent the Covid19 infections. It will start with higher classes and in the later of the month, the lower classes will get into offline teaching.

Entry to schools is subject to a welcome temperature check. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Here are the relevant details from the Government Orders issued Sunday evening:

All Universities, Colleges, Polytechnics, ITIs, etc. shall commence routine offline (physical attendance) teaching after ensuring readiness for enforcement of Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Standard Operating Procedures from 14.2.2022. All the students between 15-17 age group coming to attend regular offline classes must carry a vaccination certificate with The Head of the institutions must ensure that guidelines related to social distancing and Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) are strictly followed including regular screening at the entrance to the institution. They shall also screen any symptomatic student and ensure their testing to contain any possibility of spread of the virus in their institutions.

All Summer Zone Schools in J&K shall open in a phased manner. Classes from 9+ to 12th can commence routine offline teaching from 02.2022. All the students of the 15-17 age group coming to attend regular offline classes must carry a vaccination certificate with them. Head of Institutions must ensure vaccination of every student above 15 years of age in their respective Institutions. The vaccination adherence shall be ensured through coordination with the Department of Health and Medical Education J&K. Every school must further ensure full compliance to Covid Appropriate Behaviour and SOPs. They must also ensure screening and testing of any symptomatic students to contain any possibility of spread.

The offline mode of teaching for remaining junior classes in Summer Zone Schools shall begin from 21.02.2022. Head of Institutions shall be responsible for adherence to Covid Appropriate Behaviour in their respective schools and prepare proper plans for the same.

The Winter Zone Schools of J&K shall commence offline teaching for all classes after 28* of February The Head of the Institutions must ensure that guidelines related to vaccination for students above 15 years, social distancing norms and Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) are followed strictly including regular screening at the entrance of the Institution.

Coaching Centres for Civil Services/Engineering/NEET etc. are permitted to adopt an offline mode of teaching subject to the condition that both faculty members, as well as students, are fully vaccinated and the Head of the centre ensures due precautions such as CAB and adherence to SOP.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting that was presided over by the Chief Secretary, J&K, with the ACS (Finance), ACS (Health and Medical Education), Principal Secretary (Home), Principal Secretary (PWD—R&B), ADG/lGs, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Superintendents of Police and other officers of Jammu and Kashmir on 11.02.2022.

The government had announced winter vacations in Kashmir and the winter zone of the Jammu division in December till February 14, 2022.


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