In January 2021, the schools had reopened for students of classes 10 and 12 for practical classes, at that time also parents' consent was needed. After the COVID-19 second wave, schools have been closed since April.
Delhi Disaster Management Authority has allowed the students of Delhi to reopen the schools for classes 10 and 12 from August 9, 2021, Monday. After the announcement made by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, schools were waiting for the Delhi government's directorate of education guidelines. Now finally, DoE has issued the guidelines for the schools.
The Directorate of Education, Delhi, has issued a thorough standard operating procedure that Classes of 10 to 12 students are allowed to visit the school but have to follow all rules and guidelines issued by DoE. The SOP outlines various cautious measures to be adopted while students visit the school. The Delhi government allowed students of classes 10 to 12 to visit schools from August 9 Monday. This was announced, by the DDMA on 8 August. The students will be allowed admission related work or for their practical related, activities for board exams. They also said that health check-up camps, will be resumed.
DDMA stated that Students of classes 10 to 12 of Delhi are allowed to visit their schools from August 9 (Monday). They can attend the school for their admission, Practical activities related to work for board exams.” He further added that "Health check-ups situated in the schools will be resumed. Children are advised to visit all age groups of students to the centers with their parents or guardians.”
Here is what is allowed and what is not;
- No symptomatic student or staff to be allowed in the school.
- Thermal screening is mandatory for all schools. It has to happen at the school's main gates.
- There must be hand sanitization at the entrance of the school, classroom, labs, and washrooms.
- The school Head needs to ensure that sanitization of the school premises happens or not. They need to keep an eye on vital supplies like soap, masks, sanitizers, thermal scanners, etc.
- Those students, teachers, and employees living in the containment area will not be allowed to school.
- Every school needs to follow Social-Distancing. Schools need to plan and make a schedule to follow COVID guidelines properly.
- The school needs to avoid crowding at the school's main entrance/exit gate. Children will not be allowed to share books, copies and stationery items, etc. Students with parents' written consent will be allowed to come to the school. If any students do not wish to come to school, they can attend the classes, through the online medium.
- On-campus counseling/ guidance, will be given to the students and teachers about the new normal of social distancing, face mask guidelines, hand sanitizers, and hygiene guidelines. There should be regular Sanitization of School and Common areas used by the users and the staff.
- In all washrooms, soap and running water is a must. The school should have a quarantine room in their school premises for any emergency.
- All teachers, students, staff, and members of the school must wear a mask. Head of Schools should ensure that all the teachers/staff are vaccinated or not.
The General Secretary of the Action Committee of Unaided Private Schools Bharat Arora said that “Private welcomes the decision of Delhi Disaster Management Authority, we are with teachers and staff and will take all necessary measures for students' safety.”
On 29 July, the Delhi Government had invited teachers, students, and parents to give their suggestions on reopening the schools. 58% of the people came in support of the reopening of the schools and educational institutions.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that “More than 35,000 suggestions have been received to the government on reopening of the schools in Delhi. We will soon be deciding on this issue.”
School reopening in more States
Besides Delhi, there are more states reopening schools or have reopened schools in the states. These states are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Assam.
Maharashtra is the state which got hit by both waves of the coronavirus disease very hard. But now, the state has decided to reopen schools from August 17. The schools will be reopening for classes 5 to 8 in both rural areas students, in cities, it will be open for students from classes 8 to 12. In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra reported 4,505 Covid-19 Cases.
Chief minister Basavaraj Bommai has said that schools will be reopening for classes 9 to 12 from August 23.
In Tamil Nadu, schools will reopen for classes 9 to 12 from September 1 with 50 percent attendance. Schools need to follow strict Covid-19 rules.
In Punjab, schools are reopening on August 2 Monday. While most of the private schools are still not in favor of reopening the school.
Classes have already begun in Gujarat’s schools for classes 9 to 11 from July 26, but only 50 percent attendance. For 12 class students, schools had already opened on July 15.
In Odisha, schools resumed classes 10 and 12 from July 26.
In Uttarakhand, classes for 9-12 students have resumed from August 2, and for remaining classes 6-8, it will commence from August 16.
In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on July 5 that the schools in the state reopen after Durga Puja vacations, and the classes will start on alternate days.
Schools are reopening in Rajasthan from August 2.
Many states have and are about to reopen schools for students, but they should seek experts opinions from AIIMS, Delhi, and ICMR before taking any step in this direction because it is a matter of student's life.
Covid-19 cases in the National Capital
The data showed by the Health Department states that on August 9 Monday, the national capital reported 39 COVID-19 new cases and one death. The total number of active cases in the city is below 500.
With the new cases, the total number of cases now in the city climbs to 14,36,800. Besides this, over 14.11 lakh patients have recovered from this infection, and the overall numbers of death now stand at 25,067.
Covid-19 cases in India
In the last 24 hours, India reports 28,204 news cases of COVID-19. In the past five months in August, these are the lowest numbers of Covid cases.
If we talk about the states, Maharashtra reports 4,505 Covid-19 cases. Kerala reported 13,049 cases.
Andhra Pradesh reported 1,413 cases.
Karnataka reported 1,186 cases.
Tamil Nadu reported 1,929 cases.
Rajasthan reported 13 Covid cases.
Gujarat disclosed 19, Madhya Pradesh announced 10 cases.
Bihar reported 43 cases.
Delhi reported 39 cases.
Uttar Pradesh reported 21 cases.
Mizoram reported 937.
Manipur reported 467 cases.
Arunachal Pradesh reported 302 cases.
Over 51 crores of people are receiving vaccination in India.
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