Maharashtra to restart offline school for all classes from December 1
While offline school had resumed for classes 5-12 in rural areas and classes 8-12 in urban areas from October 4, the Maharashtra government has now decided to restart physical classes for students of all grades from December 1.
November 25, 2021 / 05:47 PM IST
Offline school for all classes will be resumed in Maharashtra from December 1, state's School Education Minister Varsha Eknath Gaikwad announced on November 25.
The decision was finalised by the state Cabinet after consultations with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the paediatric task force constituted by the state government, Gaikwad said.
Earlier, the Maharashtra government had permitted schools for classes 5 to 12 to resume in rural areas, and for classes 8-12 to resume in urban areas from October 4.
The state Cabinet has now approved the decision to also reopen schools for classes 1-4 in rural areas and 1-7 in urban areas from December 1, Gaikwad said.
"After discussing with the Chief Minister, the cabinet and pediatric task force, the state cabinet has decided to re-open schools from Std 1st to 4th in rural areas and Std 1st to 7th in urban areas from the 1st of December. We are committed to safe resumption of schools," the minister tweeted.
"I will also hold deliberations with the paediatric task force on the need to update the SOPs for re-opening for the sake of the much younger children, some of whom may be attending physical classes for the first time. Their well-being, health has always been our topmost priority," Gaikwad added.
The minister noted that this is the "third phase of school reopenings", adding that the school staff and students must strictly adhere to the COVID-19 safety norms.
Notably, the decision to reopen the schools for all classes comes amid a constant decline in the number of coronavirus infections being reported in the state. The active case tally in Maharashtra has dropped to 9,366, as per the last update issued by the health department on November 24.