Ramakanta Biswas

News Highlights

  • Odisha government greenlighted reopening of hostels for Class 10 & 12 students
  • Hostels for Class 10, 12 students will reopen on July 26 for 2021-22 academic session  
  • Private schools & privately managed English Medium schools' hostels will also reopen

The Odisha government on Wednesday granted permission for reopening of hostels for students of Class 10 and Class 12 in the State for the academic session 2021-22.   

As per a notification issued by the State School and Mass Education Department, hostels for the students of Class X and Class XII will reopen from July 26, 2021. 
Hostels of schools communing under the control of S&ME department, ST&SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare department, Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities department, private schools and privately managed English Medium Schools will be reopen from July 26, S&ME Additional Secretary Pratap Kumar Mishra said in a letter.

The department has issued following SOPs for reopening of hostels:

  • The Head of the Institute / Hostel should ensure that students are kept at appropriate distance and staggered manner 
  • The common area in the Hostel like Mess and Toilet is maintained and sanitized properly with regular interval. Sufficient quantity of Soap / Hand Sanitizes must be made available by the Institutes for use of the Residents. 
  • The students staying the Hostel should be counselled properly about Health and Hygiene. 
  • Parental consent must be obtained by the student before Joining In the Hostel. 
  • The Head of the Institute must be in touch with the local Health Institute to ensure periodic health check of the inmates 
  • The Guidelines issued by the Health & Family Welfare department and SRC-cum-ACS (DM) must be followed scrupulously 
  • The residents must not be allowed to congregate at a given place inside the Hostel and the Hostel Authorities must be vigilant to that effect.
  • There should be an Isolation room available inside the Hostel and if some residents fall seeks, he/she should be isolated immediately and proper care should be taken for his/her treatment. 

The S&ME department said that other Departments like ST&SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department & Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities department may issue additional Guidelines / SOP, if so desire.

“However, the Guideline issued by Health & Family Welfare department and SRC Odisha from time to time on Covid-19 will be followed strictly in the process of reopening of hostels,” the notification added.