FAQ: Which States Have Reopened Schools in January 2021? 

There’s still no clarity on when schools in several states will reopen. 

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There’s still no clarity on when schools in Delhi and Bengal will be reopened. 

Pinning their hopes on a speedy rollout of vaccines against coronavirus in India, schools in a number of states have opened in the first week of January 2021, while a few others have decided to follow suit in the next couple of days.

Here’s a look at which states have decided to open schools in January along with states that have still not decided on how and when schools would be reopened.

Delhi: Schools in Delhi have been shut since the lockdown was announced in March. After Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that the government is ‘brainstorming’ how schools can be opened, especially for board classes, the Delhi government on 13 January announced that aided/unaided schools may call students of Class 10 and 12 in order to conduct activities pertaining to pre-board preparation and practical work from 18 January after consent of the parents.

“While the records of children coming to school be maintained, the same should not be used for attendance purpose as sending the child to school is completely optional for parents,” the Delhi government said in a notification.

Tamil Nadu: The state government has decided to reopen schools for students of Class 10 and 12 from 19 January. Not more than 25 students are allowed per classroom. The state health department has also been instructed to provide vitamin and zinc tablets to all students to boost their immunity.

Maharashtra: While schools in Mumbai have been asked to stay shut till 15 January, schools in the districts of Pune and Aurangabad have opened for Classes 9 to 12 from 4 January 2021.

Moreover, the state’s education minister Varsha Gaikwad has said that the government is considering holding HSC and SSC board exams from 15 April and 1 May respectively. 

Minister Gaikwad also added that while schools in several districts have been reopened for Classes 9 to 12, the government is considering whether students from Classes 5-8 can return to schools.

Over 50 Teachers Found Positive in Karnataka

Punjab: Following feedback from parents, the state government has decided to reopen schools for Classes 5 to 12 from 7 January. Schools would follow a 10 am to 3 pm schedule and have been asked to strictly follow all COVID-related health protocols.

Karnataka: Around 50 teachers have tested positive for coronavirus in the state after schools in Karnataka reopened from 1 January. Consequently, affected schools in Belagavi, Chitradurga, Vijayapura and Chikkamagaluru districts have been shut temporarily.

Meanwhile, the state’s Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar has clarified that board exams for Classes 10 and 12 won’t be held in March.

Bihar: After remaining shut for almost nine months, schools in Bihar have reopened for Classes 9 to 12 with only 50 percent capacity. While wearing of masks and social distancing is compulsory, morning assembly sessions and game periods have been removed to avoid the spread of infection.

Assam: After reopening schools for Classe 6 and above in November, schools in Assam have reopened their doors for students from nursery to Class 5 from 1 January 2021. While Classes 8, 10 and 11 have been asked to attend classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Classes 6, 7, 9 and 12 have been asked to come to school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Rajasthan: Schools in the desert state will reopen from 18 January for Classes 9 to 12 with only 50 percent capacity.

What About Schools in Odisha, Bengal?

While schools in the states mentioned above chose the new year to reopen their gates for students, those studying in West Bengal and Odisha haven’t been as lucky.

West Bengal: While the state’s education Minister Partha Chatterjee has said that Class 10 and 12 board examinations conducted by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education will be held in June, there’s no official word on when schools in the state will reopen.

According to reports, the state’s education department has asked schools to prepare for reopening on short notice, especially for Classes 10 and 12.

Odisha: The Federation of Private Schools in Odisha has urged the government to reopen institutions from 1 February.

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