On Monday, Karnataka schools reopened for students of classes 6 to 8 following strict COVID-19 protocols and standard operating procedures (SOP). As per government directions, schools have been reopened in talukas where the COVID-19 positivity rate is below 2 percent.
“The government decided to reopen schools after approval from the state’s technical advisory committee on COVID-19,” said BC Nagesh Primary and Secondary Education Minister to PTI.
BC Nagesh told the reporters according to PTI, “The department had an intention of reopening schools for some time now and teachers were also ready for it, but keeping in mind the health of the students along with education and concerns of the parents, we discussed with the technical advisory committee and after taking the opinion of expert pediatricians, we are reopening schools for classes 6,7 and 8.”
The students are required to submit a consent letter from their parents to attend the offline classes if any student doesn’t want to attend the offline class can go for online classes as attending offline class is not compulsory.
As per the government statement, the offline classes for students of classes 6-8 will be held on alternate days, each with 50 percent attendance, it will be five days a week, and the remaining two days (weekend) will be used for sanitizing and other COVID-19 control measures.
Since August 23, students from classes 9 to 12 had been already allowed by the government.