Despite the rising COVID cases in Maharashtra, all schools in Mumbai and other districts of the state are set to resume physical classes from January 24. Apart from classes 1 to 12, the pre-primary schools will also be conducting offline classes from the next week in Maharashtra. As per the order released by the Maharashtra School Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, the reopening of schools will be carried out in line with the existing COVID protocols in the state.
COVID curve flattening in Mumbai: BMC
Notably, earlier this month, the state administration along with the COVID task force of Maharashtra had announced the closure of schools till February 15 in view of the surge in COVID cases. In Mumbai, the local body had shut down schools till January 31 due to the insurgence of the Omicron variant of COVID. However, witnessing the flattening curve of coronavirus in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation gave a go-ahead to this decision.
According to the state Health Minister, there was a huge demand for reopening schools in the state which made the administration mull over phase 4 of reopening schools in the state. Notably, only schools where there are fewer cases of infection can restart offline classes in sync with the appropriate COVID protocols.
Talking about the guidelines laid ahead of the reopening, Gaikwad said, "Our SOPs are very strict and clear. We have given four days advance notice to the management of schools to undertake vaccination and sanitisation and for preparation of time-table. The timing and other necessary decisions will be taken by the local authorities, such as district collector or municipal commissioner based on the local situations."