Assam Govt to Reopen Schools: As per the latest update, the Assam State Government has decided that it is planning to reopen elementary schools in the state starting from 1st January 2021 onwards. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed the news in a press meet today saying that schools across the state will be reopened in a phased and staggered manner keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic. He also said that the detailed SOPs and Guidelines for the reopening of elementary schools in the state will be released by the state government soon.
As part of the reopening process, Colleges and schools for Classes 6 to 12 have reopened in the state of Assam from 2nd November 2020 onwards. However, the universities have not started physical classes for the students as yet as the Government has not allowed for reopening of hostels as yet.
According to a report published by ANI, the State Health Minister earlier in the month had directed the State Education Department to permit students of Class 6 and above to attend school in the state. However, in order to attend schools, students are mandatorily required to carry a consent form from their parents. Moreover, schools have been asked to follow an odd-even system of attendance in order to contain the spread of virus and infection among the students, as part of the COVID-19 precautionary guidelines and protocols.
As per the latest media reports, Assam’s total COVID tally has grown to 2,12,617 with addition of 134 new cases on Sunday. In terms of COVID deaths, total fatalities have risen to 98 with addition of 1 more death on Sunday. The statistics about latest COVID numbers from the state have been confirmed by state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet sent out from his official account.