It is necessary to take all effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the country is threatened by the pandemic, the official said.
Sawant said that classes 10 and 12, whose students have to appear for board exams, could resume first, followed by classes 9 and 11.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal said that for now, the civic body is reopening the schools for classes 8 to 12 from October 4 and for the rest, the decision will be taken in November.
Experts cited a UNESCO report, which stated that school closures in India for more than 500 days have affected over 320 million children.
On September 5, Jammu and Kashmir Government ordered the reopening of schools for students of class 12 and 10 and staff with 50 per cent capacity.
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As per the decision by the Kerala government, classes from I to VII and Class, X, XII will begin from November 1 and the classes for the remaining grades will start from November 15.
According to Indira Rajan, secretary general of the National Council of CBSE Schools, educational institutions affiliated to CBSE are bound to follow all guidelines issued by the state government.
The authorities would cite orders to follow Covid protocol in schools but the question here is about the educational protocol to be followed. None of the states that reopened schools have one.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday clarified that the state government has not considered reopening schools for Classes 1 to 5.
Though attendance was thin in most city schools because of heavy rain, students were happy to meet friends after 17 months
This issue was ighlighted at a recent webinar titled ‘How to Reopen Schools Safely’, organised by Shycocan Corporation.
While several states began partial reopening of schools, there was a complete closure again in April this year when an aggressive second wave of COVID-19 hit the country.
Schools are also ensuring proper sanitisation and temperature checks of students and staff.
The educational institutions are free to continue online classes if they choose and the government should issue detailed guidelines for schools that would go in for physical instruction within a week
The DDMA has said that students, teachers and other employees living in Covid containment zones will not be allowed to come to schools and colleges.