Apoorva Singh|May 13, 2021
- School Reopening News- Know when schools reopen in India
School Reopening News- Know when schools reopen in India
NEW DELHI: After the release of Unlock 4.0 guidelines, it is clearly mentioned that schools in India will not open till September 30. However, as per the recent announcement, Union Health Ministry has released an SOP (standard operating procedure) for reopening of schools partially for Class 9 to 12 students for taking guidance from their teachers.
On the contrary, many states including UP, Uttarakhand, Goa and more have denied reopening of Schools in their states.
Schools in India have been shut down since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, there is uncertainty regarding the school reopening date in India. Though steps have been taken to unlock, there is no confirmed date for reopening the schools.
With the increasing number of recovered cases, many organisations have started functioning with a limited number of staff members. Now, parents, students and teachers are curiously waiting to resume the normal schedule. They have a common question, “when does school reopen in India’.
According to some media reports, the Indian Government is also planning to reopen the schools in a phased manner from September 1 and November 14, 2020. However, some states are against the decision due to the safety of the students. Many other states like Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka are in support of the decision.
As the schools were closed from the last six months in the wake of the pandemic, they have adopted the system of online teaching through Zoom and other mobile applications. Some state boards have cancelled their examinations and syllabus for the next academic year has been reduced by 30% to lessen the burden for the students. Check all the latest updates on school reopening news in India.
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To cater to the question, when schools reopen in india? raised by teachers, parents and students. We are providing latest updates of school reopening news and date.
School Reopening in Karnataka
S Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Education Minister has said the state government has not decided yet to reopen the schools in Karnataka in the month of October. The Department of Education of Karnataka will soon conduct a meeting with parents and respective stakeholders to discuss the same.
As per Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Education Minister, 'We have not taken any decision regarding reopening on schools in the state yet. The government does not have any such plans to reopen schools at present. We are taking the opinions of Legislators, MPs, and concerned people. We will also have a discussion with education experts and institutions.'
School Reopening in Tamil Nadu
The state education minister of Tamil Nadu, K A Sengottaiyan said, “All classes will start functioning simultaneously when schools reopen in the state. There will not be classes in shift, as all the schools have adequate infrastructure,”
School Reopening in Assam
Assam has reopened the schools on a “voluntary basis”. As per the state education minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, "Students of classes 9, 10 , 11 and 12 may attend schools/ colleges only if they have written consent from their parents".
School Reopening News in Goa
There is no final decision on the reopening of schools in Goa. However, it is expected that the schools in Goa may reopen after September 30.
Pramod Sawant, Chief minister of Goa told TOI "We have not yet decided on the opening of schools, but I will hold a meeting first with PTAs and headmasters’ association."
Reopening of Schools in UP
Dinesh Sharma, Deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh said "It is very unlikely that schools can be allowed to function partially. It is not possible to run school even partially at least for this month. Safety of the students is a big issue and it cannot be compromised."
Many schools in UP including La Martiniere College, St Agnes’ Loreto Day School, La Martiniere Girls’ College, St Teresa’s Day School, Hoerner College, and a few more have denied reopening in the wake of continuously increasing COVID19 cases.
School Reopening in Uttarakhand
Arvind Pandey, Uttarakhand's Education Minister said that no schools will open in the state from September 21 till the situation becomes under control. The final date to open the schools in Uttarakhand will be announced soon.
प्रदेश में 21 सितंबर 2020 से विद्यालयों को खोलने का आदेश, अग्रिम आदेशों तक निरस्त किया जाता है। प्रदेश के समस्त अभिभावकों के लिए आवश्यक सूचना। pic.twitter.com/It4i7Zq4JX— Arvind Pandey (@TheArvindPandey) September 15, 2020
School reopening news in Andra Pradesh
Keeping in mind the SOP of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Andhra Pradesh Government will reopen the schools with 50 per cent teaching and non-teaching staff. Students from Class 9 to 12 will be able to visit the schools with the written consent of their parents or guardians.
School Reopening News in Haryana
The government of Haryana is planning to reopen the schools from September 21, 2020. The schools will follow all the safety guidelines. The state government has allotted a separate budget for the sanitization in schools.
School Reopening News in Jharkhand
Jharkhand Government will follow the guidelines by the Health ministry and will reopen the schools for the students of Class 10 and 12.
School Reopening News in Uttar Pradesh
Schools in Uttar Pradesh may reopen soon following the SOP guidelines by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. As per the Deputy CM of Uttar Pradesh, Dinesh Sharma, the state will monitor the situation of COVID-19 till September 15. Afterwards, any decision regarding the opening of schools will be taken.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released an SOP regarding the reopening of schools. As per the notification released by the Ministry, the schools will partially reopen for the students of Class 9 to 12. This will be on a voluntary basis from September 21, 2020.
#IndiaFightsCorona— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) September 8, 2020
Health Ministry issues SOP for partial reopening of Schools for students of 9th-12th classes on a voluntary basis, for taking
guidance from their teachers in the context of #COVID19.https://t.co/i1I8pPwXyT pic.twitter.com/6c9datyVOC
School Reopening in India - Fake News
PIB has clarified regarding fake school reopening news floating through a Whatsapp forward.
दावा:एक #WhatsApp फॉरवर्ड मे शिक्षा मंत्री के हवाले से दावा किया जा रहा है कि 21 सितम्बर से चरणबद्ध तरीके से स्कूल खोले जाएंगे#PIBFactCheck:शिक्षा मंत्री ने ऐसा कोई बयान नहीं दिया है।#Unlock4Guidelines के अनुसार 9वी-12वी कक्षा के छात्र शिक्षकों से परामर्श के लिए स्कूल जा सकते है pic.twitter.com/VxEAavN5Hb— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) September 7, 2020
School Reopening News in Tamil Nadu
School education minister of Tamil Nadu, K A Sengottaiyan has reaffirmed that the department is not considering the reopening of schools anytime soon.
School Reopening News in MP: Online classes for Classes 9 to 12
The MPBSE will start the academic session for Class 9 to 12 through from Monday. The classes will begin in online mode. MP Board will telecast audio-visual lessons from 7 to 10 am on Doordarshan. All the teachers and students are required to register through a mobile app called 'MASHIM' to get access.
Radheshyam Julaniya, the chairperson, MPBSE, said, "We are going ahead with online teaching for Class IX to XII from tomorrow. If a student does not have access to a mobile phone for registration, he or she can use the cellphone of an acquaintance or approach school or a kiosk centre."
School Reopening News in Haryana
An online survey has been conducted by the Education Department of Haryana which saw the participation of parents of 76,019 students. As per the findings of the survey, parents of 85 per cent students of Class 10 and 12 are ready to send their wards to the schools.
The Education Department has now decided to conduct a trial run in schools of the state, i.e. Government Senior Secondary School, Nigdhu, Karnal district, and Government High School, Bajidpur, Sonipat district. Both of these schools will reopen for four days each. The reopening date is yet to be finalised by the department.
School Reopening News in Delhi
Delhi government has released a notice related to the reopening of schools in Delhi. As per the notice, the schools will remain shut till September 30. Check all the guidelines related to reopening of schools in Delhi here.
- Schools will remain closed till September 30. However, students of class 9 to 12 can go to school after September 21 on a voluntary basis to take guidance from their teachers in person. This may require written consent from the parents/guardians of the students.
- All the teaching will be in online mode for this period.
- 50 per cent of the teaching and non-teaching staffs are allowed to come to schools from September 21.
School Reopening News in Assam
All schools in Assam will remain closed till September 30.
Schools, colleges, educational & coaching institutes for regular class activities shall remain closed till 30th September. Online and distance learning activities are allowed to continue: Chief Secretary, Assam pic.twitter.com/ePn8fPYyx1— ANI (@ANI) September 4, 2020
School Reopening News in Odisha
Naveen Patnaik, Odisha Chief Minister announced that all educational institutions including schools in Odisha will remain shut till the end of Durga Puja vacation due to the prevailing COVID19 pandemic situation. The five days Durga Puja festival will be held between October 22 to 26, 2020. Hence, it is expected that the schools in Odisha will open after October 26. Click here for details
School Reopening News in Andhra Pradesh
As per New Indian Express reports, Adimulapu Suresh, Education Minister Andhra Pradesh said that the government will take a decision on reopening schools in the state on September 1. Earlier, the state government decided to reopen the schools on September 4.
The principal secretary for education B Rajasekhar said “We will follow the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Once we get instructions from the MHA on August 31, when it will release guidelines for Unlock-4, a decision will be taken."
Schools Reopening in Madhya Pradesh
Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh stated that the decision to reopen the schools in the state will only be taken after further assessment of the student's safety.
Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “Schools could not be opened yet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were not opened to not endanger the lives of children and save them from this disease. A decision on school reopening will only be taken after further assessment.”
School Reopening News in UP
There is no specific school reopen date is released by the UP Government. A private school in Madhavgarh, Uttar Pradesh was found open, despite the fact that all the state government has directed all educational institutes to remain close. An inquiry has been ordered against that school after a video went viral on social media, where students can be seen attending a class.
School Reopening in Meghalaya
Meghalaya has announced to reopen the schools from September 2020. With that, Meghalaya has become the first state to reopen the schools after the pandemic.
Education Minister of Meghalaya, Lahkmen Rymbui said, "We’ve already formed a committee that has submitted a report on preparation of protocols for reopening of schools. I’m very sure that if classes resume in Sept-Oct, session will extend till March-April next year and the course will be reduced accordingly,”
School Reopening in Assam
As per TOI reports, Education Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma said "The staff of educational institutions must remain in their place of duty by September 1. We will wait for the Union Home Ministry's order for reopening of schools and we will issue the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) within 24 hours."
On Wednesday, School Education Minister, K A Sengottaiyan said, The Tamil Nadu government has not decided yet on re-opening of schools in the state in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,
School Re-opening in Delhi
So far, there is no definite decision on when schools reopen in Delhi. -
COVID-19: Will not open schools in Delhi unless we are fully convinced, says Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) August 15, 2020
School Reopen in West Bengal
On August 12, Wednesday, a state-run school in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur district stared the classes defying the Govt guidelines. Due to which, the headmaster received a notice from the Government.
Hatsarberia BC Roy High School's headmaster, Brindaban Ghatak, took the decision to re-open the school as studies of Class 10 students were getting affected.
School Reopening News- Fake News is floating
PIB clarified that there is no definite decision about not opening schools till December.
School Re-open News in India
As per the media reports, the Central Government has stated that there is no timeline decided by them regarding the reopening of schools. This will also depend on the situation of COVID-19 in the country.
Ministry of Education has also asked the states and union territories to take the feedback from parents on their comfortability with the reopening of schools.
School Reopening in Himachal Pradesh
An e-PTM has been organised in Himachal Pradesh from August 4 to 7 in which over 7.05 lakh parents have participated. In this e-PTM, 62 per cent of parents opposed the reopening of schools in the state, while remaining parents wants the reopening with proper social distancing and other safety norms to be followed by the schools.
Present academic session 2020-21 will not be considered as a 'Zero Year'
“Students will get their classes online and offline, and all logistical support will be provided to ensure that exams happen. We are not going to treat the current academic session as a year-long holiday”, Khare reportedly told the MPs, as reported by India.com.
School Reopening in Maharashtra
Only yoga centres and gyms are allowed to operate as per the guidelines of Unlock 3.0. Besides, market complexes and malls are permitted to operate under "Mission Begin Again".
However, the lockdown is extended till August 31 as per which all schools, educational institutes and colleges are remain closed. The final decision of the school reopening date will be announced by September 5, 2020.
School Reopening in Tripura
Tripura government decided to start neighborhood classes from August 18 with a teacher-student ratio of 1:5 as most of the students are unable to get access to ongoing online classes. According to the latest survey, it has been encountered that a total of 29% of students don’t have access to internet connectivity or mobile phones.
Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said, “Since these students can’t get access to ongoing classes, we have decided to start neighborhood classes from August 18 with a 1:5 teacher-student ratio.”
Andhra Pradesh government earlier said that the school might open from September 5, 2020, if the situation normalises. As per the reports, it will be initiated for Classes 10 and 12 followed by Classes 6 to 9.
Some states have submitted their dates for the reopening of the schools. The decision also depends on the final unlock guidelines to be issued by the central government by the end of this month. However, the states will have the final authority to decide whether they want to reopen the schools or not.
Delhi - August
Haryana - August 15
Andhra Pradesh - September 5 (tentative)
Karnataka- September 1
Rajasthan - September
Kerala - August 31
Assam - September 1 (tentative)
Bihar - August 15
Ladakh - August 31
Social distancing will be strictly followed in the schools.
- Only 33% of students, teachers and other staff will be present in the school in one shift.
- Classes with a higher number of students will get split into two separate classes.
The schools will not operate for straight 6 to 8 hours. Instead, it will open in two shifts of 3 hours each.
- First shift will be from 8 to 11 am.
- The second shift will be from 12 to 3 pm.
- All the classrooms will be properly sanitised in between classes.
As per the reports, the schools might reopen from September 1, 2020, for higher Classes in a phased manner.
Classes 10 to 12 will reopen on September 1, 2020.
Classes 6 to 9 may resume from September 15.
The classes for primary and pre-primary will not resume for now. They will continue their studies in online mode only.