Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has announced that he is planning vaccination all teachers against COVID-19 on priority before September 1
The cases of COVID-19 are declining in India, the vaccination rate is increasing and amidst this, many states have started reopening, including schools too. Schools have started resuming in-person classes with all the COVID-19 rules in place.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has announced that he is planning vaccination all teachers against COVID-19 across India on priority before September 5, National Teachers' Day.
Here's a list of the states that are opening schools amid a drop in COVID cases:
From September 1, the Delhi government is reopening schools in a phased manner, however, it has announced that attendance will not be mandatory and online classes will continue. The state government has schools to keep multiple entries and exits to avoid crowding and ensure there will be isolation rooms, too.
In Madhya Pradesh, schools are reopening for classes 6-12 from September with 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that the decision on resuming classes for 1-5 will be taken after a week.
Schools for Class 9-12 are opening in Rajasthan from September 1, with 50 percent capacity and the COVID-19 safety guidelines in place.
In Punjab, schools for classes 10 and 12 reopened from July 26 while the remaining classes were allowed from August 2. The Punjab government has ordered that only fully vaccinated teachers and non-teaching staff can attend schools and students will have to get written parental consent to attend school in person.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has announced that schools in West Bengal will reopen after the puja vacations if the COVID-19 situation does not deteriorate.
in CM MK Stalin-led Tamil Nadu, schools for classes 9-12 will start from September 1 with 50 percent capacity. Schools have been directed to split classes into batches with not more than 20 students per classroom. If additional rooms are not available, schools can ask students to come on alternate days, while online classes will continue.
Schools in Haryana for classes 4 and 5 will reopen in Haryana from September 1 and students will have to take written consent from parents. Haryana resumed physical classes for 9-12 standard students in July.
In Maharashtra, schools reopened from August 17. Schools for classes 5-8 were reopened in rural areas while in cities, schools were reopened for classes 8-12.
Karnataka reopened schools on August 23 for classes 9 and 10 after nearly 18 months.
Schools for classes 8 to 12 and colleges will reopen from September 1 in Telangana with COVID-19 protocols in place. Online classes will also continue
Uttar Pradesh has allowed the reopening of schools for classes 6 to 12 with 50 percent capacity. Meanwhile, schools for students from classes 1 to 5 will reopen from September 1.