Delhi govt allows Schools to reopen for Classes 10 and 12 from Jan 18
On Wednesday, Delhi government allowed all the schools in the state to reopen after almost a year. Class 10 and 12 students will follow proper guidelines and attend offline classes for preparation of their exams.
After observing the decline in the graph of the Covid cases, many states are planning to reopen schools and colleges. The national capital has allowed students to get back in campus. The students of classes 10 and 12 can attend offline classes from January 18. They can prepare for their pre boards in the campus. But students will be allowed to attend schools only with the consent of their parents. Moreover physical attendance is not compulsory for all students.
The Ministry of Home Affairs also agreed to reopen the educational institutions in a ‘graded manner’. All these institutions have been advised to follow Covid -19 guidelines and they have been asked to provide emotional and trauma support to students and teachers upon their return to the campus.
A circular was issued on Wednesday in which the Directorate of Education (DoE) said, “In order to conduct the activities pertaining to pre-board preparations and practical work, the head of government, aided and unaided recognised schools may call the students of classes 10 and 12 only to school with effect from January 18, 2021. However, the child should be called to school only with the consent of parents, following the enclosed standard operating procedure. Further, while the records of children coming to school be maintained, the same should not be used for attendance purposes as sending the child to school is completely optional for parents.”
The circular further made it very clear that only the schools outside containment area will be allowed to reopen and others might have to wait until there is a decline in the cases of COVID in their areas. Students, teachers and other staff who are living in such containment zones will not be allowed to attend offline classes. Principals have been asked to guide children so that they do not share books or other stationery items among themselves. No assembly or physical outdoor activities should be conducted by the schools.
Odisha, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar are few states who have already opened their schools while the other states are planning to reopen the schools in the coming week.