Maharashtra Schools To Reopen For Classes 9 to 12 A Week After Diwali

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asked school administration across the state to restart classes

The education minister of Maharashtra, Varsha Gaikwad announced on Saturday that the schools will reopen for students studying in classes 9 to 12 during a video conference held by chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The CM has asked the authorities to apply maximum caution as a second-wave of the coronavirus can be seen happening in parts of Europe and the US. He also asked the school administrations to restart classes for students keeping in mind the Covid-19 safety rules.

He said. "We need to be extra cautious after Diwali. Quarantine centres in schools cannot be shut. The local administration can take decisions regarding alternative places for classrooms. Sanitization of schools, coronavirus tests for teachers and other precautions are a must."

Thermal checking on entry and RT-PCR tests are compulsory for the students as well as teachers. Teachers are supposed to undergo mandatory RT-PCR coronavirus tests between November 17 and 22.

Varsha Gaikwad said, "Schools will reopen on November 23, and students will undergo thermal checking at entry." She also added that one student will be seated at every desk. Classes shall also take place on alternate days.

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