Maharashtra Government gave a nod to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12 from November 23 after eight months. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday had announced that Maharashtra schools to reopen after Diwali while taking all precautionary measures.
The schools for classes 9 to 12 would reopen from November 23, 2020. Teachers will have to undergo an RT-PCR test to detect Covid19 from November 17 to 22.
Earlier Maharashtra School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad had also given hints that the state was planning to reopen classes from 9-12 in the state.
While detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) regarding the reopening of schools are yet to be released by the school education department, Gaikwad stated that only one child will be made to sit on a single bench and classes will be held on alternate days. She further said that students will be asked to come after eating meals at their homes and will be required to bring their own water bottles. School hours will be reduced to four hours, wherein only science, math, and English subjects will be taught, she added.
Online learning will continue for the teaching of other subjects, Gaikwad clarified. Schools for other classes will gradually be started in phases. Last week, the department had also released guidelines for teachers for physically attending schools.