In wake of the rising concerns over the new coronavirus variant 'Omicron', the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has staggered the reopening of schools for classes 1 to 7 in Mumbai. In an official address on Tuesday, the civic body directed all educational institutes to postpone the resumption of physical classes for junior classes from December 1, 2021 to December 15, 2021. As per reports, schools are operating in offline format for classes 8 to 12 since October 4.
COVID concerns grip Mumbai, yet again
Amid spiked caution against the new 'Botswana' variant of COVID-19, the BMC has pushed the reopening of offline schools in Mumbai, read reports. Notably, a similar decision has also been issued for Pune and Nashik schools, given their vulnerable pandemic status. Offline classes, for standards I to VII in these regions will now reopen from December 15.
However, all schools in the rest of Maharashtra are likely to reopen from December 1, for classes 1 to 5 in the rural areas and 1-7 in the urban areas, under the watch of Covid protocols. As announced earlier, parents' consent will be held mandatory for the children to attend offline classes.
BMC raises screening, testing & tracking to nip Omicron
As per reports, the Omicron strain of the novel coronavirus has been declared as a 'Variant of Concern' by the World Health Organisation, sounding an alert across the globe. Amid this sensitive status, the BMC has bolstered testing, screening and tracking of coronavirus patients and international travellers, to prevent another infection in Mumbai.
The 'Maximum City' was one of the worst affected regions in the nation during the second wave, and to prevent the same from happening again, BMC is working on an alert mode. The reopening of schools has also been pushed to a later date under this strategy, concluded reports.