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 School Education – COVID–19 – Reopening of Schools in a graded manner and Learning with Physical/Social Distancing for the academic year 2020-21 – Certain instructions issued – Regarding

Ref:- 1) G.O.Rt.No.216, Dated:01.11.2020 from the School Education (Prog.II) Department, GoAP. 2) This Office Circular No.191/A&I/2020, Dt:03/11/2020 3) G.O.Rt.No.229, Dated:23.11.2020 from the School Education (Prog.II) Dept., GoAP. 4) Govt. Memo No.ESE01-SEDNOCSE/1324/2020-Prog.II, Dated:13-12- 2020. 5) This office Memo.Rc.No.151/A&I/2020, Dated:17.01.2021. 6) This office Memo.Rc.No.151/A&I/2020, Dated:26.01.2021. 7) F.No.40-3/2020-DM-I(A), Dt-27-01-2021 of the Union Home Secretary & Chairman, NEC, Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi. 8) This office Memo.Rc.No.151/A&I/2020, Dated:29.01.2021 

ORDER The attention of all Regional Joint Directors of School Education and the District Educational Officers in the State is invited to the reference 6 th & 8 th cited and informed that, the undersigned has accorded permission for reopening of schools (classes 1st to 10th) as per the orders of the Government from time to time. Further, in partial modification to the orders issued in ref 6 th cited, it was ordered that schools will function full day for Classes 1st to 10th daily as per the timings prescribed in SCERT Academic Calendar. 2. However, in order to ensure uniform timings for all category of schools and also to ensure that the precious morning hours of the learners are fully utilized in the schooling, the following revised school timings shall be followed with immediate effect.

1 Primary 09.00 AM to 03.30 PM 

2 Upper Primary 09.00 AM to 04.00 PM 

3 High Schools 09.00 AM to 04.00 PM

3. There will be staggered timings for lunch break and the same will be communicated separately by SCERT along with detailed time tables.

4. In view of the above, the under mentioned officers are requested to issue necessary instructions to the field level functionaries to follow the above school timings with immediate effect.

5. They shall further ensure strict enforcement of guidelines/ Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all activities in the schools issued by the Union/ State Governments for strict compliance on COVID-appropriate behaviour such as, wearing of masks by all children, teachers and non-teaching staff, keeping physical/social distancing, frequent washing of hands, etc., in the schools without fail. 


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