SCHOOLS REOPEN from today, state wise status

After a long gap of 6months due to the coronavirus pandemic, schools of some states have decided to reopen the gate of the educational institution for students of classes 9-12, on a voluntary basis . All the guidelines provided by the government for unlock 4 will be followed in the process.

The union home ministry has a set of rules for schools to follow when reopen. Students and teachers residing in containment zones are not permitted to attend schools. Only 50% of the teaching and non-teaching staff are allowed to operate, while students only from classes 9 to 12 can attend, on voluntary basis. Students who would attend have to get a permission slip signed by their parents or guardians. Schools that decide to reopen will have to continue online classes for students that stay at home.

It is mandatory for Schools which are reopening to have thermal scanners at the entrance, so that students, teachers and other staff can enter only after temperature checks. Schools have been advised to operate separate gates for entry and exit, although it is not compulsory. Most importantly, everyone entering the school premises have to wear face masks, and sanitise their hands or wash them following the 20-second rule on a regular basis.

Here is the state wise status of school reopening :

Andhra Pradesh
Schools in Andhra Pradesh for classes from 9th standard to Intermediate second year are likely to reopen from September 21. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain shut for students and regular class activity up to September 30.

The Assam government on Wednesday issued the SoPs for reopening of schools and colleges in the state from September 21, adhering to Covid-19 protocols. After six months from the date of closure of schools due to the pandemic, the state secondary education department has notified the SOPs for reopening of educational institutions in Assam from classes 9 to 12.

Schools in the city are making all arrangements to ensure safety of students as the Centre has allowed partial resumption of activities for students of classes 9 to 12 from September 21 as part of Unlock 4.0.

Class 9 to 12 students are allowed at schools from today on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from teachers.

Most stakeholders in the field of education on Thursday said that Classes IX-XII could begin from September 21, even as they expressed concern over ferrying students via Bal Raths and addressed parents’ apprehensions about schools resuming during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students of classes 9 to 12 will be allowed to visit their schools from September 21 in Haryana on a voluntary basis for academic help.

Himachal Pradesh
Schools reopen in the state after the Govt allowed students of Class 9 to 12 to visit schools from September 21 on a voluntary basis, for taking guidance from teachers.

There is no clarity yet. Government is still to take a call. Although education department had drafted a proposal for staggered opening from September 21, but it was not approved by state government. Any decision on it will be taken only after month end

The Department of Public Instruction issued the order on Saturday. It is in the view of the Union Government’s order permitting students from classes nine to 12 to visit schools to meet teachers and get their doubts cleared. However, the state government issued an order on Saturday saying that students here won’t be permitted to visit school and PU college campuses till September end or further orders which will be issued after reviewing the developing situation.

Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Friday said that the schools in Meghalaya which are shut for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic will partially reopen from next week for students to meet teachers to clarify their doubts. The schools will be open for students of class 9 to 12 to meet teachers to clear their doubts but there will be no regular classes and no classroom session, he added.

Although states like, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat, Kerala, Odisha, Uttarakhand, and Tamil Nadu, will not reopen schools from 21st September.

Kerela and Gujarat are not willing to rush into opening schools.
Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik has declared closure of schools till durga puja.
Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand in both the states schools will not reopen as the states saw a surge of COVID-19 cases.
Tamil Nadu has decided to reopen schools only when the coronavirus outbreak will be brought under control.
West Bengal schools are closed till 30th September, after which the Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee will make a decision.

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