Amid the dipping scale of coronavirus, the state of Maharashtra on Friday announced to resume offline classes across all schools from October 4. The decision has been placed after rounds of speculations with the health department, added reports. A graded unlock has been devised for schools and in the first phase, only classes 8 to 12 will get back to physical classes in urban areas. In the rural regions, however, students from classes 5 to 12 will return to school.
Over 70% of parents prefer offline classes for their wards
Even though schools will reopen across Maharashtra, attending physical lectures is optional. However, it is mandatory for each student to get a written consent from their parents. Online classes will continue for those who are still uncertain about attending offline schools.
Reportedly, a survey conducted by the School Education Department concludes that over 70% of parents are in favour of reopening schools, to provide a normal growing experience to their wards.
Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)
A special state committee has been formed to regulate the guidelines and establish standard operating procedures (SOPs) for resuming physical classes. As per COVID-19 protocols, a staggered schedule will be followed for classes and social distancing will be maintained at all times. Health clinics will also be made available within campus for regular checks, added reports.
Regular sanitisation of the campus and it would be mandatory for all students, teachers and staff to wear a mask at all times, as per protocols. To conclude the mandatory provisions, all individuals, including students above the age of 18 years are supposed to be fully vaccinated before entering the premises.