Students entering school in Chennai
- Schools reopened after 17 months, students are arriving in large numbers.
- Government promises to keep students healthy and safe
Chennai: After a hiatus of over 17 months, schools have been reopened for grades 9-12 from today.
The Department of Health issued detailed standard operating procedures that schools must follow after schools reopen and this was visibly evident in schools as school administrations were cautious about adhering to SOPs.
School Education Minister Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi yesterday announced that the government will not force any student to attend physical classes and that students can also continue their education through online classes.
Although it was announced that schools will be announced from 9:30 a.m., students began to congregate in schools from 8:30 a.m. and they were allowed to enter classes after testing and recording the temperature of each. student.
As of today, only fresher classes will be taken for them and only 45 days regular classes will resume for students who attend physical classes.
The government announced earlier that it would consider reopening schools for grade 1 through 8 students after assessing the situation after September 15.
As of today, according to the SOP, only 20 students should be required to sit in one classroom and the rest of the students will be accommodated in other classrooms and if there is no space to accommodate students, lessons can be rotated.
To prevent students from assembling in groups, no PT classes or events leading up to the rally will be permitted. After inspecting the reopening of the school, Minister Anbil Mahesh welcomed the response from students for physical classes and said the program has also been reduced for students this school year.
Colleges have also reopened for second, third and fourth year students. For UG and diploma courses, the courses will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
For third year students, classes will take place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. For 4-year courses like B.tech, courses for 2nd and 3rd year students will take place on alternate days and for final year students every 6 days.
Higher Education Minister Ponmudi, after visiting colleges, said students were happier to be in colleges than to be at home and the government would ensure their safety. Health Minister Subramanian said the government is organizing special camps for students and teachers.
750 medical teams have been formed statewide to assist schools in times of medical need, and health department officials say that even if a student is found positive, everyone, including students and teachers alike, will be subjected to RT-PCR testing and isolated.