uthorities on Sunday extended closure of schools except 10th and 12th standards in Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary A K Mehta. Besides schools, the government has retained all the COVID-19 containment guidelines, including night curfew.
“Classes for 12th standard shall be permitted with limited in-person teaching not exceeding 50% on a given day for vaccinated students and staff. Consent shall be obtained from the parents of all students who are willing to attend the school. The school premises should be thoroughly sanitized. Proper screening regarding vaccination should be done on the school gate,” read the order.
Limited in-person teaching of students of 10th standard, not exceeding 50 percent on any given day and after ensuring compliance with Covid Appropriate Behaviour by the school authorities, can be permitted by concerned Deputy Commissioners after due screening through 100 percent Rapid Antigen Test or RT-PCR, it said.
“The schools, except for relaxations as provided above for students of 12th and 10th classes, shall continue to remain closed for on-site / in-person teaching.”
Coaching Centres for Civil Services/Engineering/NEET shall be permitted with limited in-person teaching, for fully vaccinated staff and student, subject to condition that the head of the centre shall ensure that the guidelines related to social distancing and Covid protocols are adhered to, the order read.
“All other Coaching Centres shall continue to remain closed for onsite / in-person teaching.”
Higher educational institutions shall be permitted to commence limited in-person teaching subject to 100 percent vaccination of staff and students and specific permission of concerned Deputy Commissioners. “Such institutions can organize special vaccination camps in consultation with district administration. The Head of these institutions must ensure that the guidelines related to social distancing and Covid protocols are adhered to.”
Educational institutions shall be permitted to direct attendance of vaccinated staff for administrative purposes only, it reads.