Schools To Reopen In Jammu & Kashmir On September 21; Attendance To Be Voluntary

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir authorities announced on Monday that the schools will reopen on September 21, as per the central government’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines. However, students’ attendance will be on a voluntary basis.

According to an official, schools will re-open on September 21 with staff and students’ 50 per cent attendance. Students’ attendance will be subject to parents’ written consent.

“Up to Class VIII, only 50 per cent staff will report every day while students of Class IX, X, XI and XII can come on voluntary basis with 50 per cent attendance.

“It is up to the parents to decide whether they allow their children to attend the school. Online classes and other aspects of digital education will continue to function,” the official was quoted by news agency IANS.

The official further said that all SOPs will be followed strictly when the schools re-open.

Schools in Jammu and Kashmir have remained shut since March this year following the outbreak of COVID-19.

However, schools had remained shut even before COVID-19-induced lockdown in Kashmir after Articles 370 and 35A were abrogated last year on August 5.

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