Highlights of Unlock 4.0
Unlock 4.0 Guidelines by the Home Ministry have allowed in-principal approval for the reopening of schools of higher classes on a voluntary basis. The States of Delhi, Assam, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Maharashtra have issued notification for school reopening following the Unlock 4.0 Guidelines.
Mumbai, Maharashtra: Some of the States in India have decided to resume schools starting from 21 September 2020. This will be done in accordance with the Centre Government’s Unlock 4.0 Guidelines.
The respective state governments have started making the mandatory preparations for reopening the schools. On the other, many state governments have decided against reopening the schools due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.
In order to clear the confusion regarding the status of school reopening in different states of India, here is a state-wise list of states and their status regarding the reopening of schools.
The Assam Government will reopen schools from 21 September onwards for classes 9 to 12. It has released the Standard Operating Procedures following the COVID-19 protocols for students and staff.
Haryana will also start in-person voluntary classes for school students from 21 September. The state government will reopen two schools in Karnal and Sonepat for class 10 and 12 as a trial.
Andhra Pradesh Government will also resume schools with 50% teaching and 50% non-teaching staff. Students can visit schools for doubt-solving sessions with written consent from parents.
Jharkhand will reopen schools for class 10 and 12 students from 21 September onwards. On the other hand, Maharashtra will keep schools closed until 30 September. However, students from class 9 to 12 may be allowed to visit schools for guidance on a voluntary basis.
The Delhi Government has granted special permission to class 9 to 12 students, residing outside containment zones, to go to school on a voluntary basis. All the rest educational institutions will remain closed till 30 September 2020.
The Government of Gujarat has decided against the partial reopening of schools from 21 September. Similarly, the chances of Uttar Pradesh reopening schools are also extremely bleak.
Uttrakhand Government will also not reopen schools and they will remain closed till 30 September 2020 owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.