Uttarakhand School Reopening News: As per the latest update, Uttarakhand Govt has rolled back its earlier decision to allow partial reopening of Schools in the state for higher classes i.e. for 9th Class and above from 21st Sept 2020. Now schools in the state will remain closed until 30th Sept 2020. Currently, the Central Govt through Home Ministry’s Unlock 4.0 guidelines has allowed states to consider partial reopening of schools in the states for Class 9 and higher students, starting from 21st Sept 2020. However, UK Govt is likely to keep schools closed in the state until 30th Sept 2020 owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.
Decision Taken by Education Minister
The decision regarding schools in the state remaining closed until 30th Sept 2020 was announced by Director of Secondary Education on Tuesday. While announcing the decision, the state government also instructed that online education and virtual classes for students of all classes would continue in the state until situation normalizes.
The order issued by the state government confirming this development read "In view of the increasing coronavirus cases in the state, Uttarakhand will not resume schools on September 21, on the instruction of the state education minister Arvind Pandey, now education will be conducted from home online classes till the end of this month."
Reopening of Schools in India
Schools and educational institutions across the country have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the lockdown announced thereafter. After nearly 6 months, Home Ministry in its Unlock 4.0 guidelines allowed partial reopening of schools across the country, wherein students would be allowed to visit their schools on voluntary basis for doubt solving session. To ensure complete safety of students, teachers and non-teaching staff members at school, the ministry has issued detailed standard operating procedures including the manner of sanitisation, the conduct of classes and required infrastructure each school needs to have at the ready.