The Punjab government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to the opening of Schools.
SOPs issued by the Punjab government,
- No ill student, especially a child with coronavirus symptoms, can come to school.
- Students must have a mask on their faces.
- Daily temperature screening
- Must use sanitizers after washing hands
- The school will be disinfected before it opens on a daily basis
- Outdoor activities (leisure time and sports) will be restricted in school premises
- One meter distance should be maintained between the student desks
- Strong links should be maintained with the health care system of the government
- Special focus should be on English, Maths, Science while teacher training should also be arranged
On Thursday Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced in a press conference that Educational institutions across the country will reopen after a nearly five-month hiatus on September 15.
The minister said further discussions will be held on the matter and authorities will review the decision in August in light of the coronavirus situation in the country.
If the crisis not curbed, schools and universities will not be opened, he said.
In addition to this, the education minister said schools could not opened in July as Eidul Azha will be celebrated by the end of the month and in August the country will observe Ashura.
Moreover, The minister further added that the SOPs will be put in place before the opening of educational institutions and that authorities were mulling over several options.
Furthermore, the government looking at several options including scheduling classes for different standards on alternate days, he said, adding that there were also suggestions of holding classes in the open air.