Maharashtra Schools Reopening: As per the latest updates, Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad informed that schools for Classes 1 to 4 in rural areas and 1 to 7 in urban areas in the state will reopen. The Maharashtra schools will reopen from 1st December 2021. The decision to reopen schools was taken after consulting the Chief Minister, the cabinet and approval from the paediatric COVID-19 task force. Last month, Varsha Gaikwad had announced that physical classes will resume in schools across the state and the government also issued standard operating procedures (SOPs) for it.
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“After discussing with the Chief Minister, the cabinet and paediatric 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 the safe resumption of schools,” Varsha Gaikwad tweeted.
After discussing with the Chief Minister, the cabinet and paediatric 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.— Prof. Varsha Eknath Gaikwad (@VarshaEGaikwad) November 25, 2021
Maharashtra Schools Resumption
The state resumed physical classes for Classes 5 to 12 on 4th October after being closed for over 18 months due to the pandemic situation. However, the education minister said that a decision on reopening of schools for Classes 1 to 5 will be taken after a cabinet meeting. According to the Maharashtra government, physical classes have started for classes 5 to 12 in rural areas and for classes 8 to 12 in urban areas of the state. But, the physical classes have not yet been resumed for classes 1 to 4 in rural areas and for classes 1 to 7 in urban areas.
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She also tweeted, "In the next 6 days, the emphasis will be on acclimatising schools, parents and children towards a safe transition to physical classes as classrooms have been shut for nearly two years. We will be holding consultations with school mgt committees and parents."
She further stated, "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."