A total of 54 students in a school hostel in Karnal, Haryana have tested positive for Covid-19 the government said on Tuesday. “The hostel will be marked as a containment zone and the medical teams have reached the hostel,” said Yogesh Kumar Sharma, a civil surgeon in Karnal, according to reporters.
Haryana had allowed students from Classes 9 to 12 to go to return to schools in December and reopened for those from Classes 3 to 5 from February 24. The government also decided to start regular classes for Classes 1 and 2 from Monday. It said in an official statement that the school timings will be from 10am to 1.30 pm. Parents have been asked to submit a consent letter to the school head or class teacher before sending their children to schools. And those who want their children to continue classes online can to do so, it said.
Schools have been asked have to follow all Covid-19 related guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The statement said that each school will be divided into three wings. If a student in a wing is found to be Covid-19 positive, that wing will be closed for 10 days and the entire school will be sanitized, it added. If students in more than one wing are found to be infected, the entire school will be closed for 10 days, it also said.
Online classes have been continuing, and going to school is voluntary.
India’s vaccination programme for children is yet to start. The centre hasn’t announced a date. So far doctors and frontline workers have been inoculated, and vaccination for the elderly and those with illnesses are going on.
Schools have opened in several states with caution amid rising COVID-19 cases in some states like Maharashtra and Punjab.
In February, 192 Class 10 students from two schools in Kerala’s Malappuram tested positive for COVID-19.