As reported by TOI, the government also stated in the same order that physical classes for the elementary level (from Classes I to VIII) and Class XI will start again from October 19. However, the offline classes for Class IX will start from October 1 itself. Classes X, XII and degree final year for UG and PG have already been allowed. But through Tuesday’s order, the government has also allowed resumption of all classes in technical institutions, universities and B.Ed colleges (government and private).
The education department, however, clarified that in case in any district the positivity rate goes above 2% on a particular day, the DC of the concerned district, in consultation with the mission director, National Health Mission, Assam will close down the educational institutions till the positivity rate goes down below 2%.
In respect of degree colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnics, teacher training colleges and universities, the same will function normally on a day-to-day basis as per the academic calendar, following strict compliance with Covid-19 protocols. However, attendance of students is not compulsory. The residential hostels will function only for final year students, the order stated.
“In addition to formal classes, online classes will also continue, if found necessary,” read the order for the higher educational institutions, putting restrictions on meetings on the premises (formal and informal) and cultural functions, until further orders.
The hostels (both residential and day boarding schools) have been allowed to open only for Classes X, XII, final year degree colleges, final year PG classes of universities and engineering institutions.
“There should not be more than 30 students in a section. The head of the institution will assess the required number of sections and open more sections accordingly, if required,” read the order.
The educational institutions are allowed to open for the first three days for the vaccination of teachers and staff before classes resume on October 1. The first dose of Covid-19 vaccine is mandatory for teaching and non-teaching staff. But both doses are a must for the boarders and other staff of hostels, boarding houses and residential schools, excluding those below 18.
Classes will be held for three days in a week for Classes I to V. In respect to Classes I, II and III, formal classes will be conducted on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For Classes IV and V formal classes will be conducted on every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Classes will be held three days in a week for Classes VI to VIII. For Classes IX and XI, physical classes will start on a day-to-day basis.