Private and community schools within the Kathmandu Metropolitan City will be open from next Sunday.
Schools across the country, including the metropolis, have been closed since last April due to the Corona epidemic.
A meeting of the Metropolitan Education Committee held on Wednesday decided to open the school by strictly adhering to the standards of health security, said Metropolitan Education Department Chief Ram Prasad Subedi. He said, “Not all schools have to be opened, but schools that have not been able to make alternative education effective can physically advance education.”
According to Subedi, the school can conduct classes physically with the support of parents. He said that the school will be reopened only after the school decides to open the school after discussing with the parents. Metropolis has given time till Sunday to make the preparations.
These are the minimum standards to be followed while operating a school
1. Before the operation of the school, a meeting of the school management committee will be held with the participation of the parents, teachers, and parents’ association, and the concerned ward stakeholders.
2. Schools must make a detailed action plan for school operation and submit it to the Department of Education.
3. Ensure that all teachers, staff, drivers, co-drivers, etc. who are in contact with the students in the school are vaccinated.
4. To ensure complete cleanliness of pre-school premises and classrooms.
5. Arrangements will be made to conduct classes in one shift or different shifts and days depending on the physical condition of the school, the number of students, and available manpower.
6. Arrange for hand sanitizing or washing from time to time by providing sanitizer or soapy water at the school gate and outside the classroom.
7. Arrangements will be made to test the fever of the students and staff every day by placing a thermal gun at the gate of the school and sending them inside only after checking that there is no fever.
8. When using school gates, classrooms and toilets, arrange for children to line up and take turns to get in and out.
9. Arrangements will be made for the school to provide masks to all the students who wear masks, bring backup masks, and those who do not wear masks.
10. Inform the students to arrange food and water from home.
11. To manage the accommodation of students only in such a way that physical distance is maintained based on the capacity of the classroom.
12. Arrangements will be made to sanitize the school premises and classrooms every day before starting the class and after conducting the class.
13. Inform students, teachers, and staff with health problems not to come to school.
14. Schools should make children aware of health precautions for 10-15 minutes before conducting classes every day and provide motivation through psychological counseling.
15. Arrangements will be made for regular monitoring and coordination by the school management committee, teachers and parents association, and the concerned ward.
16. Arrangements will be made to keep the child in a separate isolation room in case of any health problem in the school, to inform the parents, and to take them to the nearest health facility immediately.
17. Do not hold group programs/group prayers etc. in the school.
18. Arrangements will be made to take turns in the school so that there is no crowd during lunch.
19. Remind students to use their textbooks, water bottles, lunch, bags, etc. only on their own and not to share them with friends.
20. Encourage parents to bring their children to and from school. Arrangements will be made to stay in the vehicle in such a way that social distance is maintained in case of using the vehicle.
21. To appoint a health or science teacher as Kovid focal teacher in the school and to arrange student monitor for regular monitoring in each class.
22. To have a health help desk in the school.
23. To start reading from the upper class in the early days and to make arrangements to run the lower classes gradually.
24. While conducting the class in the early days, only a few periods should be taught, and gradually increasing the number of periods depending on the situation.
25. Continuation of ongoing alternative learning in the physical presence of all students until the classroom is fully operational.
26. In case of any new situation, report it to the Metropolitan Education Department and follow the instructions.
27. To make arrangements for regular monitoring through Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Department of Education.