While most parents and kids are happy with the schools reopening after a long break since March 2020, few parents are still highly apprehensive in sending their kids to school amid the surging Omicron scare in India.
Several private schools reopened in Delhi after remaining shut due to pollution. However, a few schools plan to reopen on January 3, depending on the Omicron scare but parents remain worried.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday asked Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to name 250 schools in the state transformed by his regime to compare the reforms and developments in the schools run by both the governments.
Observing COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, vaccination of teachers and school staff are among the protocols that have to be followed in schools, according to the Maharashtra health department's guidelines ahead of the reopening of schools on December 1 for Classes 1 to 4 in rural classes and Classes 1 to 7 in urban areas.
The Jairam Thakur cabinet has decided to allow schools to resume classes for standard 3 onwards from November 10, while classes 1 and 2 will be allowed to resume physical schooling from November 15 onward.
The state government has decided to open schools with utmost vigilance and in a staggered manner following guidelines prepared by the Health and Education departments.
The officials, however said many schools mostly private institutions have decided to reopen, after the culmination of Diwali.
In a letter written to Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, 66 parents urged the Delhi government to reopen schools for students below Class 8, at least once a week.
Last month, Maharashtra's School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad had announced that physical classes will resume in schools across the state and the government also issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for it.
A ‘Task Force on School Reopening 2021’, headed by Dr Gupta, has come out with its report, acknowledging that while reopening of schools and bringing back normalcy are eagerly awaited, the horrific experiences during the second wave are acting as a big barrier to any attempts to bring the children back to school.
The states have been asked to update data about the vaccination of teachers twice a week on a Google tracker.
The government said that the Centre is prioritising vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff in schools across the country to "ensure a safe environment for reopening of schools".
No student would be forced to attend physical classes and the consent of parents would be mandatory.
Many schools and state governments claim that they have made special arrangements in the schools to ensure Covid-19 protocols are being followed strictly.
What we have is a long-drawn situation of conflict between the fundamental interests of society. Reopening is going to be a long and uneven process, filled with fear and suspicion, more for some than for others.
For the past one month Meera Ramanathan, a teacher at the Government Primary School at Kavarapatti near Pudukottai town in Tamil Nadu, has been teaching classes at the homes of her school's students.
Schools in Himachal Pradesh opened only on August 2. But with a sudden surge in Covid cases, including those reported among children, the Jairam Thakur government has taken a quick call to shut them again.
Speaking to reporters, Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui said there is a need to resume classroom teachings as soon as possible, especially in higher education institutes.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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