Schools in Maharashtra will reopen soon; check SOPs followed by other states here

The state government recently announced the reopening of schools in Maharashtra on October 4.

“All schools in rural areas will resume physical classes for grades 5 to 12,” School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said. Physical classes for 8th to 12th grade would resume everywhere in urban areas, she added.

“Although schools are reopening statewide, students are not required to take physical classes. Parents’ consent will be required if they want to attend,” the minister added. According to a survey conducted by the school education department, more than 70% of parents were in favor of reopening schools, Gaikwad said.

However, for schools in Mumbai, Mayor Kishori Pednekar said on Saturday that the last call had yet to be taken by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

“The final decision will be taken by the city administration next week. The state government announced the reopening of schools; however, it left the final decision on its implementation to the local governing bodies, ”Pednekar said on Saturday.

She added that by now, more than 70% of the city’s teachers have been fully vaccinated and those who remain will soon be vaccinated by holding special collections.

“We have already discussed the possibility of resuming school for grades 8 through 12. Before taking the last call, SOPs will need to be investigated in depth,” Pednekar said.

In light of this, let’s take a look at the states where offline courses resumed and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) followed.


In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, schools in Gujarat were reopened for students in grades 6 to 8 on September 2.

Institutes are also required to allow only 50 percent of students on alternate days. Additionally, schools are required to ensure that social distancing, the wearing of face masks, and appropriate COVID-19 behavior are observed at all times.

Gujarat Student Has His Temperature Checked Under COVID-19 Guidelines | ANI

Jammu and Kashmir: On September 5, the government of Jammu and Kashmir ordered the reopening of schools for students in grades 12 and 10 and staff with a capacity of 50%. According to the guidelines, the school premises should be disinfected and screening should be carried out at the school door. The guidelines further stated that parental consent is required, without which students would not be allowed to attend.

Srinagar schools reopened for grades 10 and 12 in accordance with COVID-19 protocols | ANI

Tamil Nadu

Schools in grades 9 to 12 reopened in Tamil Nadu from September 1.

The standard operating procedure published by the Public Health Directorate mentioned that only 50 percent of students would be present on campus at a time based on enrollment.

Dr Manikantan, principal of Sarvodaya Public School in Erode, told IANS: “We are planning a shift work system and I hope the School Education Directorate will allow the rotation system as well as alternate working days. We plan to have students in grades 10 and 12 in school in the morning and students in grades 9 and 11 in the afternoon. This suits us better than the alternate day model. “


The Delhi government has allowed schools and educational institutions to resume physical classes gradually from September 1.

According to the DDMA guidelines, a maximum of 50 percent of students per class can be called to schools depending on their ability.

The DDMA has said that students, teachers and other employees living in COVID-19 containment zones will not be allowed to come to schools and colleges.

Lunch breaks can also be staggered and preferably take place in open areas as students will remove masks while having food, the guidelines added.

While the government noted that the vaccination centers and activities such as the distribution of rations that were taking place in different schools will continue, the DDMA said that the area used for these activities should be separated from the area that will be used for academic activities.

“All schools and colleges are advised to ensure that a quarantine room is available for emergency use. Routine visits by guests should be discouraged,” the guidelines say.


Schools reopened in Haryana for grades 4 and 5 on September 1 and students.

The state authorized the reopening of schools for grades 9 to 12 more than two months ago. Students in grades 6 to 8 were allowed to return to schools later as cases of COVID-19 continued to decline.

As per guidelines, only one student is allowed to sit on a desk, and sharing of food or stationery is prohibited.

A gap of at least six feet should be maintained between two students, and thermal sweep and hand sanitization should be performed upon entry.

Masks must be worn and arrangements are made to provide one if a student is not wearing a face covering, as directed.


Educational institutions reopened in Telangana on September 1, but student attendance was low during the first week. With the exception of residential, welfare and tribal welfare schools with accommodation facilities, all schools reopened but very few students attended classes as the majority of parents were afraid to send. their pupils.

SOPs issued by the authorities state that schools should not force any student to take classes offline without parental permission and that those who wish to attend home classes should be allowed to do so. Schools were also prohibited from penalizing students who did not attend classes offline.


In accordance with COVID-19 protocols, schools in Rajasthan reopened on September 1 for students in grades 9 to 12.

The SOP requires that teaching and non-teaching staff have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, the guidelines state that drivers of buses, automatic rickshaws, etc. responsible for leading students to schools should also be inoculated with a dose.

Schools reopened with 50% students and with restrictions on assembly prayers and sports activities.


Assam’s high schools, high madrasas, boarding schools and class 10 boarding schools reopened from September 20.

According to the SOPs, a district where the positivity rate exceeds 2% will have to close educational institutions until the rate drops below 2%.

They further said that each class will only have 30 students and that teachers in the class will have to form new sections if there are more students in each class, according to reports by the Hindustan Times.

Uttar pradesh

Uttar Pradesh schools reopened for grades 9 to 12 from August 16.

Anvita Verma, head of the senior section of the Montessori school in the city of Lucknow, said: “Our session has started but due to the lockdown the schools have been closed again. For this we follow the Covid protocols. At the front door there is a thermal sweep. Disinfectants have been put on each floor. Masks are compulsory for students, teachers and staff as well. Social distancing is respected properly. “” In the seating arrangement, we also maintain social distancing, ”she added.


Schools in Karnataka have reopened for students in grades 6 to 8 in areas where the Covid-19 positivity rate is less than 2%.

The state government authorized the reopening of schools for students in grades 9 to 12 on 23 August.

According to the guidelines, students are required to submit a consent letter from their parents to attend classes offline. Classes for grades 6 to 8 will be held every other day with a capacity of 50 percent.

(With contributions from agencies)

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Posted on: Sunday September 26th, 2021 12:52 PM IST

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