After announcing the reopening of schools in Maharashtra on August 17, the state government has now issued a list of standard operating procedures (SOPs) to ensure COVID-19 safety for students, teachers and staff members. Schools in Maharashtra have been permitted to resume physical classes for standards 5th to 7th in rural areas and 8th to 12th in urban areas.
Social distancing & masks, compulsory in schools
The state of Maharashtra has ordained to set up a district-wise panel to devise the norms of reopening of schools in their jurisdiction. This board will mandatorily compromise the Municipal Commissioner and District Collector of the respective district and cities, the administration highlighted.
Besides, all teachers and staff at school need to be fully vaccinated, with both doses of the COVID-19 jab before the reopening of schools. Students, on the other hand, will be permitted to attend in two shifts to avoid crowding within premises. Social distancing will be maintained in classrooms, for which only one student would be seated on one bench. A distance of 6 feet needs to be maintained between two benches.
Activities and functions that promote social gatherings in schools will remain prohibited under the ambit of the present SOPs. Schools will also have to ensure arrangements for hand wash and sanitisation, with strictness. Face masks will be imperative for all individuals attending school.
BMC to authorise reopening of schools in Mumbai
While the State Education Minister directed for a state-wide reopening of schools last Friday, offline schools in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) will begin as per the discretion of respective local authorties . As such, the reopening of schools in Mumbai will fall under the authority of the BMC.