The guidelines also states that the states/UTs may permit up to 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to be called to the schools at a time for online teaching/ tele-counseling and related work, in areas outside the containment zones from September 21.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has laid out the clear guidelines on generic preventive measures, before opening up of the school, planning and scheduling of activities, after opening of the schools, transportation to and from the institution, hygiene and sanitation etc.
Many states have decided for the partial reopening of schools for students of 9th to 12th classes on a voluntary basis. The state-wise status of reopening of schools are as follows:
Schools in Andhra Pradesh for classes from 9th standard to Intermediate second year are likely to reopen from September 21. Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will continue to remain shut for students and regular class activity up to September 30.
The Assam government on Wednesday issued the SoPs for reopening of schools and colleges in the state from September 21, adhering to Covid-19 protocols. After six months from the date of closure of schools due to the pandemic, the state secondary education department has notified the SOPs for reopening of educational institutions in Assam from classes 9 to 12.
Schools in the city are making all arrangements to ensure safety of students as the Centre has allowed partial resumption of activities for students of classes 9 to 12 from September 21 as part of Unlock 4.0.
Most stakeholders in the field of education on Thursday said that Classes IX-XII could begin from September 21, even as they expressed concern over ferrying students via Bal Raths and addressed parents’ apprehensions about schools resuming during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Gujarat education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama on Wednesday said that the government has decided against reopening schools from September 21 in light of the COVID-19 situation in the state. The state government took the decision “in the interest of students” during a cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Vijay Rupani in Gandhinagar, the education minister added.
Students of classes 9 to 12 will be allowed to visit their schools from September 21 in Haryana on a voluntary basis for academic help.
Senior officials confirmed that the Kerala government is unlikely to rush for school reopening, at least till the end of October.
Education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Friday said that the schools in Meghalaya which are shut for six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic will partially reopen from next week for students to meet teachers to clarify their doubts. The schools will be open for students of class 9 to 12 to meet teachers to clear their doubts but there will be no regular classes and no classroom session, he added.
Tamil Nadu school education minister K A Sengottaiyan on Wednesday said that the schools in the state will be reopened only after the Covid-19 outbreak is brought under control
Schools in Uttarakhand will remain closed, and will not reopen from September 21 after a surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, said Director of Secondary Education on Tuesday.
Schools in Uttar Pradesh are unlikely to reopen from September 21. Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma has said that chances of the partial reopening of schools from September 21 were “very bleak” due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state.
There is no clarity yet. Government is still to take a call. Although education department had drafted a proposal for staggered opening from September 21, but it was not approved by state government. Any decision on it will be taken only after month end
Odisha Chief Minister has extended closure of schools till Durga Puja holidays, October 26.
In West Bengal the schools are closed till September 30. Thereafter a decision will be taken by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. All schools to remain closed till then.