Mumbai government has announced to reopen schools for Classes 8 to 12 from October 4. Schools will be required to adhere to all the COVID19 protocols released by the government including social distancing, regular sanitisation, wearing masks at all times, among others.Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Chahal told ANI that the decision for rest of the classes will be taken next month.
“We are reopening schools for classes 8th to 12 in Mumbai with effect from 4th Oct, and for the rest of the classes we will take a decision in November. All COVID19 SoPs issued by the government will be implemented: BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal,” news agency ANI tweeted.
Schools in various states are now reopening in a phased manner. The District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has announced plans to reopen schools in Delhi after the festive season. As per the PTI report, the DDMA in its meeting on Wednesday decided to reopen schools for junior classes after the festival season, official sources said.
As per the orders, in rural areas, schools will resume for Class 5 to Class 12, and in the urban areas, for Class 8 to Class 12. The government has also said that it is not mandatory for students to attend physical classes and the consent of parents will be required if students are willing to attend.
What are the Standard operating procedures (SoPs) issued by the state government:
1. The state education department worked with Covid-19 Task force to prepare the standard operating procedures (SoPs) that are to be followed by the students and teachers.
2. If possible have health clinic in schools, take body temperature daily.
3. Encourage students to walk to the school, ‘one seat one student’ in school buses.
4. Encourage online homework or get it done in the classroom.
5. Sport in which close physical contact is unavoidable is not allowed. In individual sports, precautions should be taken. Have eyes on unfit players. Physical training with proper distance between students may be allowed.
6. Look out for students showing symptoms like breathing uneasiness, rashes, cold, temperature, red eyes, split lips, swollen fingers, omitting, gastric pain. Refer them to doctors.
7. Teachers should observe students showing behaviour patterns like mood swings, depression, loss of interest in academic activities and communicate with them.
8. Teachers should not force students into academics from day one and give them a few weeks to adjust. Covid-19-affected but fully cured students should be treated at par with others.
9. Parents, teachers should meet regularly and discuss Covid-19-appropriate protocols like personal hygiene, cleaning of masks.
10. Schools are allowed to raise resources through CSR.
Tamil Nadu government has also announced to reopen schools after more than a year of closure due to COVID-19 pandemic. According to a PTI report, physical classes for students from Class 1 to 8 would resume in schools with effect from November 1, the Tamil Nadu government said on Tuesday. Following a meeting chaired by Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Secretariat to review the ongoing measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the government said the ban in respect of social, political, cultural, and religious congregations would continue to be in place.