The Supreme Court rap for the government came on a day the city’s air quality plunged back to 'severe' zone after remaining in the 'very poor' category over the past three days.
We feel there is nothing happening, in spite of air pollution levels rising in Delhi, the Court observed while hearing today.
'We need to arrange for masks and sanitise all the schools. We also need to collect consent letters from parents before reopening the schools,' a BMC official said.
Masked students, thermal scanning, and volunteers guiding staggered entry and exit for students was a common sight at the schools which reopened on November 1.
Owing to heavy rain in most parts of the state and due to the prevailing Covid situation, most of the students are continuing with digital and online education at home.
Members of teachers’ associations at primary and upper-primary level welcomed the State government’s plan to reopen schools for the elementary students in a phased manner.
With schools reopening today for classes 1-8, experts say young children may struggle to return to routine after 19 months
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Many school authorities and parents welcome the Delhi government's decision but feel it was taken in haste.
Though classes will be conducted offline, the department has kept the online option open for the students.
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.