The state governments of Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand have decided to reopen their schools from today, February 8, with several Covid-19 restrictions in place. The schools in all these states will be reopening after over 10 months of closure.
All four of these states have issued their own Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the reopening of schools. These guidelines will have to be followed by the school authorities strictly for the safety of the students and staff.
These states are reopening their schools for junior classes from today. Apart from the guidelines issued by the state governments, the schools will have to follow the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry as well.
Bihar schools reopening
The schools in Bihar are reopening today for students of classes 6 to 8 after over 10 months of closure. Earlier, the state government had approved the reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 with Covid-19 restrictions in view of the upcoming board exams.
Odisha schools reopening
The Odisha government has approved the reopening of schools for students of classes 9 and 11. This came after the state government had resumed classes for students of classes 10 and 12. All students will have to wear a mask at all times and maintain strict social distancing.
Rajasthan schools reopening
Same as Bihar, the Rajasthan government has also decided to reopen the schools in the state for students of classes 6 to 8, as the lessons for senior classes have already resumed in the state. At one time, only 50 percent of students will be allowed to attend the physical classes to prevent overcrowding.
Uttarakhand schools reopening
The government of Uttarakhand will be reopening the schools for students of classes 6 to 11 today, with several Covid-19 restrictions in place. The schools for classes 10 and 12 were reopening in November 2020 in the state. All teachers and students will have to comply with the safety guidelines imposed by the state government.