“Only schools outside the containment zones will be allowed to open. Further, students, teachers and employees living in containment zones will not be allowed to attend the school. Students, teachers and employees will also be advised not to visit areas falling within containment zones. Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, these decisions will be taken by the district collector. The district collector will also direct the relevant schools to immediately shut down in case their zone is declared as a containment zone,” stated the SOP.
The School and Mass Education asked the school authorities to ensure cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, furniture, equipment, stationeries, storage places, water tanks, kitchens, canteen, washroom, laboratories, libraries of campus.
Besides, the schools have been asked to ensure handwashing facilities on campus.
“Ensure availabilities of key supplies like thermometer, disinfectants, shops and the availabilities of these essentials should be organized. The Thermometer to be used should be a Calibrated contact-less infrared digital thermometer. Sanitization of school transport before they start plying must be ensured,” read the SOP.
Physical teaching for the students of Class I to V would resume in Odisha from January 3, School and Mass Education Minister, Samir Ranjan Dash, said here on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters, Dash said, "With the instruction of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, we are going to resume classroom teaching for students of Class I to V in about 27,000 schools from January 3, while in the other schools it will start from January 10."