Guwahati, September 20: Amid surge in the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) positive cases in the state, the High School and Higher Secondary Schools in Assam are all set to reopen from September 21.

The schools in the state will reopen for Class 9, 10, 11 and 12 students from September 21 by maintaining COVID-19 protocols after a gap of six months.

Assam Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has already issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to reopen the schools.

There will be 50 per cent attendance of teachers and the students of Class 9, 10, 11 and 12 will attend with permission from their parents,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

According to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the Secondary Education Department of the Assam government, for the students of class IX and XII will be conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and for the students of class X & XI classes will be conducted on Thursday, Tuesday and Saturday.

“For every class, the student is less than 20, then division in batch will not be required. For every class the students should be divided into 2 batches, of course, when in any class, the total number of students should be divided into 2 batches, if less than 20 students the division in batch would not be required. The first batch of students will attend classes from 9 am to 12 noon. The second batch of students will attend classes from 1 to 4 pm. Total number of teaching and non-teaching staff should be restricted to 50%. Heads of the institutions will be in touch with Health authorities for regular random checking, testing of the teachers and students on weekly basis covering maximum 10% of the teachers and students in the given date,” said in the government order.

Meanwhile, the state government has conducted sanitization drives in all schools across the state.