Speculations are being made that likely in first Week of July, Schools can be allowed to re-open as summer vacations are extended till June end by different state boards including Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). As students & parents are searching on School Reopening dates, MHRD on Wednesday hinted that after Board Examinations (Scheduled in July 2020) in July Schools can reopen. The exact schedule of reopening of Schools in any state hasn’t yet announced but on Wednesday HRD Minister hinted that in July 2nd week, likely after CBSE Board Exams, Schools may be allowed to reopen for academic activities.
Due to Covid19 lockdown imposed in March 2020 and continuous extension till May 31 (Phase Four), Schools & other institutions are closed for Academic activities. Several state Boards including HBSE, MP Board, CBSE & Uttar Pradesh Board have declared summer vacations in month of June. Amid of it several states have permitted Administrative work in Schools in May month.
The Minister of Human Resource and Development on Sunday announced that CBSE Schools to reopen after 15 August, as CBSE Board examinations are scheduled till 15 July. Haryana HBSE Bhiwani Board on other hand hinted to operate Academic activities in Haryana Govt & Private schools in July 1st week. Haryana Board has also decided to reopen schools in phased manner and Students from Class 9th to 12th shall be permitted in phase one, according to Board Sources.
A report suggested that in July 1st or 2nd week schools can be allowed to function if the situation remains feasible and Ministry of Home Affairs allows academic institutions to function in its guidelines. Schools shall be permitted with 50% strength in July 2020, said a source familiar with.
CBSE Schools with 30-50% Strength-
On Wednesday HRD Minister said, MHRD & NCERT are working together to chalk out a strategy to reopen the Schools after the lockdown in an odd-even manner. As per the media reports, CBSE schools might reopen with 30% to 50% attendance and that too for Class 8th to 12th so that Physical Distancing norms can be followed easily. MHRD after consultation with MHA & State authorities might soon announce guidelines for Schools of CBSE & other state boards to reopen. A teachers training module is also expected to be included with the guidelines.
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Based on report, CBSE & other board schools shall reopen zone-wise from July. Schools in green and Orange zones are expected to be opened initially with some sort of strength of students. On other hand Schools fallen in Red/ Containment zones might open in next phase when situation improves likely from July end. However no particular date is announced yet for reopening of Board Schools.
Opening of Schools after 15 August
The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced that Schools will open after 15 August. On Sunday the MHRD tweeted over the opening of schools & colleges.
Focus on Online Education-
Teachers and School administrations are asked to promote Online Education by conducting online classes for students to resume study from their home. Several state boards and schools have started Online Education through different platforms including WhatsApp Groups, Zoom App, Doordarshan, FM & other broadcasting platforms.
Haryana / Delhi Schools allows School for Administrative purpose
Schools in Haryana state, Delhi NCR are open for administrative tasks. Administrative Activities with staff are permitted in Lockdown 4. The decision on opening of Schools is taken by States and local administrations in discussion with School authorities. After permitting all government schools to open only for the administrative work, the Haryana government asked all school management committees to formulate plans for admissions of next academic year & classes. The fresh instructions came as another addition to government’s numerous relaxations introduced during lockdown phase IV.
Sanitization in Schools- MHA has also issued guidelines for schools to sanitize and to ensure social distancing norms while Schools in some sort are opened for administrative purpose.