The Nagaland government decided to reopen the residential schools, hostels, guest houses and paying guest accommodation for students of class 6 and above from Wednesday by observing all Covid-19 protocols.

The government issued the SOP for the reopening of the residential schools, hostels etc. on the preventive measures to contain spread of Covid-19.

In a notification, chief secretary J Alam said the hostels may be opened only in such cases where it is necessary while strictly observing the safety and health preventive measures as issued by the government from time to time.

The students who are not local residents of the city/town/locality, or do not have any support at home, or do not have facility for online education may be prioritised for allotment of hostel facilities, Alam said.

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The notification said the boarders/hostellers will be allowed to return to the boarding facility in phases and that only asymptomatic boarders shall be allowed to join.

It said faculty, staff and students should submit self-disclosure, if any of their family members have been infected/availed treatment for Covid-19.

The school education department had permitted the resumption of conduct of regular classes for students of class 6 and above in all the schools functioning in the State with effect from February 8.

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Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com