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UP schools reopen today for on-campus administrative works after almost 100 days of closure

As the second wave of the pandemic is retiring gradually in Uttar Pradesh, schools registered under Basic Education Council have revived operations from today, for administrative purposes. As per reports, schools for grades 1 to 8 are being opened for teachers and other school staff, including the employees linked to the Shikshmitra scheme. It is noteworthy that the gates of these educational institutions will remain to be closed for pupils and online classes shall be continue for them.

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Schools in UP to remain shut till April 4 amid rising COVID cases

Alarmed by the rising number of COVID cases in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has announced that schools for students up to 8th standard shall remain closed till April 4. Previously, the government had ordered the closure of schools for students up to 8th standard, on account of Holi vacation and all examinations in this period were cancelled too.

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Schools in Lucknow & other UP districts to shut down from March 24 amid COVID scare

In view of the accelerating COVID count in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has issued directives to shut down schools for pupils of grades 1 to 8 from March 24. As per the orders, classes for the students of these grades shall remain cancelled up to March 31 on account of Holi vacation. Additionally, schools for standards 9 to 12 and colleges in the state, where examinations are not scheduled, have been instructed to be closed from March 25 to 31.

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'Vacation' ends: All schools in Lucknow & other UP districts to be functional offline by March 1

Given the controlled situation of the COVID pandemic in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister has now allowed the resumption of classes for 6-8 from February 10, based on the recommendations of the Basic Education Department. Following suit, the gates of the primary schools for pupils of class 1 to 5, shall be opened from March 1.

Students to flock to their school campuses after almost a year

The schools have been closed for the past 10 months since March 2020, when the first lockdown got imposed. Offline classes were permitted for 9th to 12th standard pupils, from October 19 last year. According to the orders released by the Education Department, all public and private schools shall be opened for the students in a phased manner.

While the department is currently deciding on the number of students to be allowed on day one, around 3.8 crore students of primary and upper primary classes shall flock to their respective government and private school campuses almost after a year.

Complete adherence to COVID-19 safety precautions

The government has mandated the educational institutes to ensure that the teaching staff and the students follow all restrictions and guidelines in relation to COVID-19. The schools are directed to make provisions for sanitisation of the campuses before the commencement and after every shift. In addition to this, proper arrangements for thermal scanning, masks, social distancing and first aid have to be made in advance.

While the schools had been conducting offline classes, the education sector suffered losing out on recreational programmes and co-curricular activities for students. With the resumption of offline classes, the comprehensive academic curriculum followed by schools will be back on track.

Government schools across the state revamped during the COVID closure

During the closure caused by the pandemic, a number of government schools have improved their facilities. Not only have the schools got new washrooms but the handwashing amenities have been bettered too, with added handwash dispensers. In addition to this, teaching resources have been enhanced and the ambience of the schools has been amplified with beautiful paintings. Given the measures taken by the authorities, students shall be back to their schools with an improved environment.

Lucknow schools to resume for classes 6 to 8; other UP districts to follow suit

The Uttar Pradesh government is considering to resume schools across all districts, for students of classes 6 to 8. In a review meeting conducted at CM's residence yesterday, state authorities have decided to undertake a holistic evaluation to resume schools for the junior classes. An official in the Chief Minister's Office, informed schools in Lucknow and other state districts are likely to resume classes, on-premises, in 10 days' time.

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