- Classes 1 to 4 will not be resumed in Maharashtra yet.
- The final decision regarding resuming junior classes will be taken after resuming the situation.
- Schools have reopened for students of classes 5 to 8 today.
Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has stated that the state government has not yet decided on the reopening of schools for the students of classes 1 to 4, and they will release the date of reopening of schools later.
The schools in Maharashtra are set to restart from today, January 27, for students of classes 5 to 8. The state government will make the decision regarding the reopening of schools for the rest of the classes if the resumption of higher classes goes smooth today.
The schools in the state of Maharashtra have been shut down for the past 10 months in view of the ongoing pandemic situation. The government is slowly resuming physical classes for students, starting from the higher classes and working their way down.
Guidelines, safety rules for schools reopening
The schools in Maharashtra are reopening for students of classes 5 to 8 after 10 months from today, January 27 with certain Covid-19 safety guidelines set in place by the government and the school authorities.
“Schools have been sanitised (for reopening). We have appealed to parents to send their wards to schools wearing masks. Once we succeed in it (smoothly running the classes from tomorrow), we will consider restarting classes up to 4th standard,” the minister said.
“Some 22 lakh students have started attending these classes (for 9 to 12) in 22,204 schools in the state. Now we are reopening schools for students of classes 5 to 8 from tomorrow (January 27), where 78.47 lakh students are enrolled,” said an official from the state education department.
The classes have been arranged in a schedule where students will have to carry fewer books in schools. Parents have also been asked to give their students individual water bottles so that no sharing takes place, reducing the risk of Covid-19.