Schools from class 9th to 12th in Delhi have started from today with the necessary COVID-19 guidelines by the government. Along with this, the Delhi government has made it clear that no student will be forced to physically attend classes. At the same time, many schools in Delhi have also chosen a “wait and see” strategy to see what happens before calling all students.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) notified the school’s reopening guidelines on Monday, with no more than 50% of students in each class, compulsory temperature screening, and staggered lunch breaks. alternate seating arrangements and regular guests. Routine avoidance is involved. Further, those students, teachers, and non-teaching staff who live in containment areas of COVID-19 will not be allowed to physically attend the classes as per DDMA guidelines.
Here are the guidelines
- Schools are allowed to work six days a week
- Classes and classes are to be divided into batches of 20 students.
- When schools reopen, they will have to follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the government.
- Adhering to strict physical distancing norms, more students can be accommodated only when larger classes are available
- If limited space is available, students will be asked to take turns.
- Online learning will continue to be an option for those who are not physically ready to attend school due to health concerns
- Students wishing to study from home must obtain parental consent. At the same time, a follow-up plan will be made on the progress of the students studying in online mode.
- All students and teachers along with other staff shall wear masks at all times inside and outside the school premises
- All faculty and non-faculty staff should be vaccinated.
In which states were the schools opened?
Along with Delhi, five other states and/or union territories such as Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, and Gujarat have given green signals to reopen schools from 1 September. In Delhi, while classes 9 to 12 are resuming from today. Class 6 to 8 is expected to start from September 8.
At the same time, according to media reports, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya is planning to vaccinate all school teachers across India on a priority basis before National Teachers Day on 5 September. Also, while some states have opened schools across the country from today, on the one hand, some states have already opened schools. Let’s look at this list of those states-
Starting today, the Madhya Pradesh government has opened schools with classes 6 to 12 to curb overcrowding with 50% capacity. In addition, State Minister of Education Inder Singh Parmar stated that after consultation with the Ministry of Education, it will be decided to resume physical education for students in grades 1 to 8 at state home and health department.
The Rajasthan government also announced the reopening of schools in classes 9-12 from September 1st, today. In order to maintain the COVID-19 agreement, only 50% of students are allowed to attend each class.
The Punjab government had reopened schools for classes 10 and 12 from July 26. The remaining classes were allowed to open from August 2. Only fully vaccinated teachers and non-teaching staff can go to school. Students who wish to attend physical classes must give the written consent of their parents. At the same time, the selection of online courses will continue.
In Uttar Pradesh too, classes 6 to 12 have already opened with 50 percent capacity. For the students of classes 1 to 5, the school was to open from 1st September i.e. today. First of all, thermal scanning of children will be done at the school gate. All BSAs have been directed by the Director-General of Basic Education to strictly follow the Covid-19 protocol in schools.
Classes 9 to 12 with 50% students started from 1st September i.e. today. Schools have been instructed to work six days a week and classes are to be divided into batches with no more than 20 students per class. In case no extra room is available, students will be asked to come to school alternately on alternate days. Online courses will continue at the same time.
The Haryana state government decided to reopen classes 4 and 5 of the primary school from September 1. Students will be allowed to go to school with prior written permission from their parents. About a month ago in July, classes IX to XII have reopened.
The Minister of Education of Maharashtra State Varsha Gaikwad has approved the reopening of schools in the state from August 17. While classes 5 to 8 were reopened in rural areas, classes 8 to 12 were to be reopened in cities. Students have been instructed to bring consent letters from their parents.
Schools in Karnataka reopened on August 23, however, with barely 20 percent of the students attending classes. Due to COVID-19, schools in Karnataka have reopened classes 9 and 10 after being interrupted for nearly 18 months. Both parents and teachers are required to be vaccinated.
In Uttarakhand too, schools have opened for classes 9 to 12 from August 2. At the same time, for classes 6 to 8, schools were opened from 16 August following the Covid-19 protocol.