Safety protocols for students and teachers were issued on November 20
Pune schools and junior colleges are finally set to reopen from November 23. The district administration of Pune and the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation issued safety guidelines and protocols on November 20 for the reopening of classes 9, 10, 11 and 12.
School Education Minister of Maharashtra, Varsha Gaikwad, said that the decision to reopen schools rested on the local authorities. The district administration had, however, advised the authorities to take consent from all stakeholders before taking a call.
The guidelines mention the use of thermal scanners, pulse oximeters, sanitizers and cleaning the school premises with disinfectants.
Curriculum activities will be followed online, but practicals and other co-curricular activities will have to be conducted in school premises from 4 pm to 5.30 pm. The COVID-19 test is mandatory for faculty members and one student per bench will be allowed. According to Rajesh Deshmukh, Pune District Collector, so far around 3,000 teachers in Pune have taken the COVID-19 test.
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