Everything is already set for the reopening of schools across the state allowing physical assistance for students in classes VI to VIII starting this Wednesday.
The decision follows instructions from Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Physical classes for students will start on Wednesday and no later than March 1, as much as possible.
Education Minister Sabita Indra Reddy said that school administrations should strictly follow COVID-19 guidelines on school premises. Obtaining parental consent to allow students to enter schools would be mandatory.
Physical classes for students in class IX and higher started on February 1st. The government decided to allow physical attendance of students from class VI onwards as part of the phased reopening of schools that were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar held a conference call with district collectors and senior officials at the district level before the schools reopened on Wednesday. He wanted classes to start on Wednesday as much as possible, and not after March 1st.
In addition to students who are already allowed to attend classes, about 17.24 lakh students would physically attend classes after the government’s decision. The government had instructed the District Level Education Monitoring Committee, chaired by the respective district collectors, to meet and take steps to reopen Class VI through VIII schools.
The employees involved, including district education officials, were instructed to take every precaution for the safety of students and teachers. Special steps must be taken for schools that open for the first time since they were closed due to the pandemic.