New Delhi: Schools across the country have been partially allowed to open from September 21 under Unlock-4. While many states across the country are partially opening schools, many states have decided to keep schools closed to avoid the transition of COVID-19. The SOP (Standard of Procedure) issued by the Ministry of Health said that schools can be opened for children from Class IX to XII and 50 percent of staff in schools across the country from September 21. It says that children from Class IX to XII will be allowed to come to school. However, schools under the entertainment zone will remain closed. Children visiting school will have to direct their teachers and seek written permission from parents.
What is the states’ stance?
Schools are allowed to be partially opened across the country from September 21. At the same time, some schools are open in states like Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, and Haryana. But many states have just decided to keep the school completely closed.
Ranbir Higher Secondary School has opened in Jammu from Monday. According to the rule, children from class 9th to 12th can come to school under the guidance of teachers and parents. According to news agency ANI, the principal of the school said, “We have sanitized the entire school and smoke has been given. We are ensuring that the rules framed by the government are fully adhered to,” he said.
Kendriya Vidyalaya of Jammu has also been opened today. The Covid-19 guidelines provide instructions for schools to open schools with 50 percent teaching and non-teaching staff.
Children have also returned to school at a school in Srinagar. A student here told ANI, “I am very happy to come to school today. Our teachers have helped us a lot. We have to take too many precautions,” he said.
In Assam, several schools have also been opened since Monday. The children arrived at Dispur College to attend the class. “I am very happy with the government’s decision to open schools and colleges. We will do our best to follow the Covid-19 guidelines in full while attending the class,” he said.
Apart from Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and Nagaland have also partially opened schools. Here also, as per the rule, children from 9th to 12th have been given the option to come to school as per their wishes and under the guidance of teachers and parents. This will still remain online for children in the lower classes.
In Chandigarh, many schools were also opened. All the rules issued under Covid-19 are being followed here. The sanitization of schools, calling for a small number of students and school staff, etc. are being taken care of.
Masks and social dissing have been made mandatory in schools. The temperature of the children and staff visiting the school is being checked and the sanitizer is being given everywhere.
The Kejriwal government in the national capital had issued guidelines on September 4 and announced the partial opening of schools, but on September 18, the government introduced revised guidelines, in which schools have been kept closed till October 5.
Moreover, even in states like Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, schools are unlikely to open till next month. Odisha has decided to keep schools closed till Durga Puja.