No action against schools for spread of COVID-19 whether they follow SOPs: Uttarakhand govt – education

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Addressing the fears of schools regarding reopening after COVID-19 lockdown in Uttarakhand, the state government on Friday said that the institutions would not be held responsible for any student and teacher testing positive for the coronavirus whether it followed all safety guidelines.

As per an official release by the Uttarakhand Chief Minster’s Office (CMO), the Education Branch has started preparations under the usual operating procedures (SOPs) issued to reopen schools for Class 10 and 12 students from November 2.

But private in addition to government schools are scared that whether any student tests positive for the COVID-19, then an FIR will also be lodged against the respective managements and principals under the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

In view of the confusion and fear approximately the SOP, State Education Secretary R Meenakshi Sundram said that the standards have been set for schools, and even after following these, whether a teacher or student becomes corona-positive, then the school is probably not blamed for it.

“All schools should follow the SOP; the Epidemic Diseases Act will be relevant only whether someone does not comply with the standards set by the government. And even in any case precautions, whether the infection spreads, then the government will cooperate in remedy and not take action,” the release quoted Sundram.

The education secretary added that students should get written permission from parents before coming to the school, and whether parents do not need to send their children to school, then their online education shall be continued.

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