Delhi Schools Reopen: All classes of most schools, which were closed for 19 months due to the corona epidemic in the national capital, are reopening from Monday, while some schools have decided to start classes after the festival. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) last week announced that all classes in schools will open from November 1, even though teaching will continue in mixed mode. The DDMA had also said that schools will have to ensure that there is no more than 50 per cent attendance in a class at a time and no student is forced to attend direct classes.
Schools were opened for students of classes IX to XII in September, and with government schools registering over 80 per cent attendance since then, private schools are in the process of sending consent forms to parents and most of them on Diwali. After that we will decide our action plan. Modern Public School in Shalimar Bagh said that the school will reopen after Diwali. Other private schools that will reopen after Diwali include DAV Public School in Pushpanjali Enclave, Indian School in Pitampura and Bal Bharti School. The guidelines announced by the DDMA for the reopening of schools include allowing only 50 per cent students per class, mandatory thermal screening, lunch breaks, alternate seating arrangements and prohibition of frequent visitors to the school.
DDMA has said that students, teachers and non-teaching staff residing in COVID-19 containment zones will not be allowed to come to schools and colleges. It has also said that the area being used for activities like ration distribution and vaccination should be separated from the area which will be used for educational activities. Schools in Delhi were ordered to close in March last year ahead of the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the pandemic, while several states began partially reopening schools in October last year. The Delhi government had in January this year allowed only direct classes for classes 9-12, which were again postponed due to the sharp rise in the infection rate of the second wave of the corona pandemic. Following a significant improvement in the COVID-19 situation in the national capital, the Delhi government had announced reopening of schools, colleges and coaching institutes for classes 9 to 12 from September 1.