Schools to reopen from Monday for students in the country after around 5 months. The central government has permitted the states to reopen schools from September 21 under unlock 4. However, it is up to states to resume schools or not. States like UP, Delhi, WB have announced that they will not be resuming classes from Monday.
From the next week, few states like Assam and Karnataka will be opening school. As per unlock 4 guidelines the schools will be allowed to open with 50 per-cent of teaching and non-teaching staff.
Students of classes 9 to 12 may also be permitted to visit their schools in areas outside the containment zones only on a voluntary basis for taking guidance from their teachers. This will be subject to the written consent of their parents or guardians, according to the guidelines.
All the preventive measures against the pandemic will be taken into consideration. Mask, sanitisation or washing hands should be strictly followed. Thermal scanners for screening the body temperature of students and teachers are mandatory at the school entrance. Schools have been advised to arrange different entry and exit gates if feasible. The ministry has stated that schools must ensure the virtual classes continue through the period.
The Assam government earlier said that classes will resume for students between class 9 and 12 from Monday, The government will review the situation after 15 days. The Haryana government said that students can visit their schools if they need guidance but schools will remain closed. Schools will reopen from Monday in Himachal Pradesh. The Karnataka government also agreed to reopen schools partially from next week. Only senior students can come to schools if they need guidance. In Chandigarh, the schools will partially resume from Monday. Only 15 students are allowed to sit in a classroom. The students will be allowed to come in batches of two hours each, with a gap of one and a half hour in between to sanitise the classes.