Delhi Schools reopens today after a hiatus of 10 months. Hence, this is the first time after the lockdown that all government and private Delhi schools reopen. However, the reopening is only for the senior students of class 10th and 12th.
Educational Institutions in the national capital have been shut since March. However, several other states had partly initiated the phased reopening of schools and colleges from October 2020. Hence, they followed the guidelines set by the education minister for the reopening of educational institutions. However, the National capital could not take this step back then due to a huge number of covid-19 cases.
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Need to reopen the Delhi Schools:
Until now, the students had been continuing their studies via online classes. However, the Class 10th and 12th students need access to their laboratories and libraries for their Board Exam preparations. They also need to return to the campus to conduct all the pre-board related activities and other practical works. A senior official at the Directorate of Education (DoE) said that Delhi Schools need to call the class 10th and 12th students for practical exams. Hence, Delhi Schools are reopening from today, i.e. 18th January 2020.
Guidelines followed in Delhi Schools amidst the new normal:
Educational institutions outside the covid-19 contaminant zone are only allowed to reopen. Hence, any schools lying in the covid-19 hotspot will not reopen. Also, students, teachers, and other faculty members coming from any Covid-19 hotspots will not be allowed to enter schools. No symptomatic student or staff will be allowed to enter.
The staff members have been asked to guide the students not to share books and stationery. Attendance is not mandatory for any student. However, records of the students will be maintained. Also, all morning and afternoon assemblies will stay dismissed.
Hence, all covid-19 safety protocols will be followed. Delhi Schools will be equipped with proper hygiene facilities and ensure maximum safety and social distancing. If the number of students is more, the schools will run in two shifts.