After discerning the failure in COVID-19 cases Delhi Government has agreed to reopen Delhi schools in a phased expression from September 1, 2021, this decision was put up with by the AAP government-led expert committee. On Friday, the Delhi government took this decision at a meeting with Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
The Delhi government has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for schools, colleges. As per government SOPs guidelines, only 50 percent of students will be allowed in the classes, all educational institutions should have mandatory quarantine centers "As per the guidelines, attendance will not be compulsory along with this online and offline classes both will be conducted.”
While dealing with a press conference on Friday, Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia said that students don't need to attend physical classes. We will force students to come to schools but those students who are coming to schools will be allowed with the consent of parents and attendance is not mandatory. Every school has been directed that all teachers, staff, and heads of the school should be vaccinated. Along with this, he said around 98% of the teachers and staff have taken their first dose.
Earlier schools were opened for classes 10 and 12 but they were allowed to come to school for only work related to admission and for their practical board exam.
DDMA guidelines for reopening of schools in Delhi
- From September 1, schools will reopen for classes 9 to 12.
- Schools should prepare timetables following Covid norms.
- All schools need to follow all Covid norms.
- Only 50 percent of students should be there in each classroom.
- Students will not be allowed to share anything with other students like books, copies, food, water, and stationery items. With this school, premises should be sanitized regularly.
- Soap and water should be there in the toilets. Along with this, the availability of thermal scanners, masks, and sanitizer should be there in every school.
- Lunch breaks in Delhi schools should be staggered and they should be held in open areas.
- Masks will be necessary for children and staff. Before entering the school Sanitisation of hands has to be done at the entry gate.
- Physical classes for 6 to class 8 will begin from September 8, 2021.
- Students, teachers living in Covid containment zones will not be allowed to come to schools and colleges.
- Schools, colleges need to set up quarantine rooms.
- Students with mild symptoms will not be allowed to come to schools.
- According to the guidelines, all vehicles (buses, vans, etc) will be allowed for the transportation of students/staff should be sanitized regularly and drivers and staff should be vaccinated.
Most of the private schools are still not ready to open schools from September 1, 2021. As most of the schools will take their decision which will depend on the consent from parents.
Mount Carmel School of Delhi, Dwarka have decided to wait till October and then they will reopen school after observing the experience of the government and seeing other schools' scenarios.
For colleges and universities, the scenario is the same as they are waiting for the UGC or central government to issue some notice on the opening of colleges and universities, as most of the universities come under the central government. On Tuesday Delhi University and Ambedkar University will hold a meeting to decide the modalities.
Delhi’s Medical experts welcomed the decision of Delhi to reopen educational institutions in Delhi. They have advised parents to ask their children to follow all COVID-19 protocols.
Schools in Delhi were closed in March last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. After this in January 2021 schools were reopened for classes 9 to 12 but were again closed in April due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and second wave.
These are some of the states which are reopening schools from September 1, 2021
Unlike Delhi, there are few more states which are going to open schools from September 1, 2021. Many states have already reopened schools. Now states like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh will reopen school from tomorrow.
Tamil Nadu will reopen the school for classes 9 and 10 with 50 percent of attendance from tomorrow. SOP issued by state Tamil Nadu states that school will function six days a week and attendance will not be mandatory. Besides physical classes, online classes will be continued too.
The Rajasthan government has decided to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12 and all educational institutions from September 1 with 50 percent of students.
A senior officer of Uttar Pradesh said that the schools of UP will reopen from tomorrow for Classes 9 to 12 and Classes 1 to 5 and for classes 6 to 8, classes will commence from September 23, 2021.
The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to reopen schools from tomorrow for Classes 6 to 12. Earlier, Classes 9 to 12 were allowed to visit schools. Students need to bring consent from the parents as it is mandatory. Every school should follow COVID-19 protocols.
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