It’s been more than 4 months since the schools across different states were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. After a long gap, about 190 schools across different districts of Maharashtra are likely to open this week. As per the latest news, the schools will begin classes for 9th, 10th and 12th standards. Following the basic operating procedures of the state, the schools have commenced the classes.
About 190 schools in the districts of Gadchiroli and Chandrapur have become the first educational institutes to reopen the schools in Maharashtra this week. The SOP also needs schools to follow proper precautionary measures such as social distancing and hand hygienic practices while holding classes. One of the officials of the education department said, ‘In Chandrapur, nearly 20 schools have reopened. Similarly, 170 out of the 1,497 schools in Gadchiroli district have resumed classes. Physical classes haven’t begun in the rest of the state.’
The heads of different schools said that they have been making necessary arrangements for the last two weeks. About 15 students, 1 student each per bench are being taught classes since 6th July 2020. Every student wears a mask mandatorily in their classrooms at Karmavir Vidyalaya in Madheli village of Chandrapur district. The school education department of the state had issued guidelines for the physical reopening of schools on 15th June 2020.
As per the guidelines, it allowed the district administrations to open schools for 9th, 10th, and 12th classes from July. The schools will be reopened only in areas where no COVID-19 case has been witnessed for about a month. Kahurke said, ‘The class has been broken up in two batches of two and come on alternate days for three hours. Each child wears a mask and sits alone on the bench. The teachers have to repeat the teaching in both classes. Those who are yet not attending classes are being connected via Zoom or Google Meets or being sent recorded sessions.’