J&K Govt issues Guidelines for holding of Community Classes, Volunteer Teachers, and Parents Roped in. Amid the COVID-19 crisis which has forced closure of schools across the state, the J&K Administration has issued Guidelines and SOPs for holding of Community Classes to ensure academic continuity for students who do not have internet connectivity.
Teachers from across the state started Community Classes initiative to reach out to children with no access to online teaching and learning due to digital divide, lack of mobile connectivity and non-availability of smart phones.
Guidelines / SOPs for Community Classes:
- The initiative has also been backed by the School Education Department in light of poor mobile connectivity in remote areas, and now new guidelines and SOPs have been issued for holding of these classes. The key among them include:
- Classes to be held under the optimum supervision of Directors of School Education in Jammu and Kashmir, Deputy Commissioners, Chief Education Officers, Zonal Education Officers and school heads
- Classes to be held in open areas where students can have minimum of 2 meters distance to sit apart and ensure social distancing
- If wide open space is unavailable, classes are to be held in staggered manner with different shift timings and rotation of students
- Hand washing facilities should be made available for all students and teachers
- Classes to be held only for students who are not connected via internet connectivity
- Ownership of initiative to be vested in local communities, which will comprise of local teachers and parents VEC members, school management committee members and prominent persons of the locality
- Students and teachers, who are high risk of coronavirus infection due to any underlying medical condition, should be excluded from the initiative
- Students not allowed carrying their own books, stationery and other items. Exchange of items between students is prohibited.
Circular published by the Education Department of J&K Govt,
The administration has allowed volunteer teachers and parents to conduct community classes for students. However, as per the guidelines issued by the department, “Volunteer teachers should draw a proper timetable every week in consultation with local community and the duration of each class should not exceed 40 minute.”