The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) issued an order on Wednesday to announce the reopening of Mumbai schools for classes 8 to 12, from October 4. This circular has come a week after the state's decision to reopen physical classes across all schools in Maharashtra. As per reports, Mumbai schools will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols as they welcome students after the long pandemic hiatus.
COVID-19 protocols to govern the school unlock
The BMC Commissioner Iqbal Chahal reportedly stated, "We are reopening schools for classes 8th to 12th in Mumbai with effect from 4th October and for the rest of the classes, we will make a decision in November. All COVID-19 SOPs issued by the government will be implemented."
Like other regions in Maharashtra, parents' consent is mandatory for students to return to schools in Mumbai as well. There is no compulsion to attend physical classes; online classes will continue for the benefit of such pupils.
The government is undertaking several efforts to ensure the safe reopening of schools, across Maharashtra. A special committee was also set up at the state level to regulate COVID protocols. All guidelines constituted by this board will be monitored strictly by the local authorities, collectors and the commissioner in the respective districts. A staggered schedule will be followed for classes and social distancing will have to be followed at all times.