New Delhi: The government and private schools reopened for senior students in the national capital after a long gap of ten months on Monday. The schools were closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
Elated by the reopening of schools, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia wished the students on the occasion.
He wrote on Twitter, “Best wishes to the students of class 10&12th who are going to visit their school today after 10 months... (though it's only for limited purpose and with covid protocols..) But still... I am glad that schools are opening in Delhi today (sic).”
The schools have been reopened as the coronavirus positivity rate has plummeted to below 1 per cent in the past many days. The situation continued to get better in the city of late.
However, the schools were advised to follow Covid guidelines strictly. Not more than 12-15 students will be allowed to sit in a class. There will be hand washing consoles and sanitisers kept in the corridors of the schools. The students will be called in two batches at the schools. Students will attend the classes on alternate days.
The school timings should not be more than 4-5 hours. Not more than two students will be allowed at the washrooms at one time. Students will have to follow social distancing in the classrooms. There will be multiple entry and exit points in the schools to avoid rush. There will be a quarantine centre also at the schools.
Schools will be required to carry proper sanitisation works in the classrooms. The classrooms will be sanitised before and after the classes.
Keeping in view the upcoming board examinations, the government took the decision to reopen schools in the national capital. Over 3 lakh students have registered for the Class 10 CBSE board exam while over 2.5 lakh candidates have registered for the Class 12 exam.