As the colleges and universities in the state of Karnataka prepare to start offline classes from November 17, after a long 8 month gap, the government has made it mandatory for all teaching staff and students to undergo RT PCR test for Covid -19.
The Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test is the diagnostic testing method for COVID-19. It is critical for tracking the virus, understanding the epidemiology, informing the case management, suppressing transmission and for containing the infection.
According to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which was released ahead of the reopening, final year students wishing to attend classes physically have to submit a consent letter from their parents in the prescribed format.
The teaching staff will have to ensure the maintenance of social distancing at all times in accordance to the number of students and staff in the premises. Also, teaching, practical and project classes should be conducted according to a shift system to ensure minimum exposure among the students.
But while they are preparing for the offline classes, the students should be given the option to choose between offline and online classes. The guidelines also suggest contact classes should be conducted every day to help them clarify any doubts. Teachers should also prepare the required study materials and should be sent to the students via Whatsapp, email, telegram, or similar apps. They should also be available on the college websites.
Other guidelines include the sanitation of classrooms, bathrooms etc. Masks should be made mandatory and proper sanitation has to be ensured. The college has to take necessary steps to ensure the safety of the students and the staff.