Schools across India were forced to go Online in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. With India’s Covid-19 cases approximately 40,000 per day, state governments and other authorities have now decided for school reopening and resume offline classes for other educational institutions.
Some states have started offline classes for Class 9, 10, 11, and 12 students. Earlier this year, with just 50 percent attendance but when the second wave struck, schools had to go online again. Now again various state governments have decided to reopen schools and other educational institutions whilst following Covid-19 guidelines.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNV)
JNVs will reopen up to 50 per cent capacity in a phased manner. Students from classes 9 to 12 will join classes in the first phase of reopening. However, they will have to bring a permission letter/ consent letter from their parents to attend the classes or for staying in the hostel. The exact dates for the school reopening have not been announced. The provision of online education will also continue.
List of states which are planning for school reopening
Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has released an official order regarding the reopening of schools for administrational work and practical activities for board exams. While classes for students of classes 10-12 will resume from August 9.
Telangana schools and colleges will reopen from September 1 amid strict COVID-19 precautions including wearing masks, sanitization, social distancing among others. Classes 8 to 12 will reopen and online classes will continue at the same time.
Telangana Government has not given any guideline for the school reopening which is a point to mull over for school. Schools want concrete guidelines for the smooth running of institutions.
The Chhattisgarh government has given thought on school reopening educational institutes from August 23, under special conditions. Colleges planned to reopen in a stage-wise manner
While Classes for the 12th and 10th grades was started on August 2nd.
Governmental bodies have suggested that the area where the educational institution is situated must have zero active Covid-19 cases.
The schools will be allowed to open only after the prior approval of the local representatives of the area, gram panchayat for the villages, and councillors for the urban areas.
Another state which resumed its classes for students is Bihar. From August 16, Bihar schools have resumed for students of 1-8 grade. The classes will be held on alternative days with 50 percent attendance to avoid any Covid situation.
Maharashtra was one of the states which saw the highest number of covid-19 cases during the second wave. it has also decided to resume schools for students of classes 5 to 8 in rural areas and for students in classes 8 to 12 in urban areas on August 17, with approximately 8000 cases per day.
After reviewing the Covid-19 situation the district and local authorities will decide to resume schools in their respective areas.
With 50 percent attendance, Uttar Pradesh has also decided to resumed offline classes for standards 10 and 12 from August 16. Higher educational institutions on the other hand will be starting classes from September 1 But they have to adhere to the Covid -19 rules and regulations.
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