After a hiatus of more than a year and a half due to the coronavirus outbreak, schools in Kerala are set to reopen in a staggered manner from November 1 starting with classes 1-7, 10 and 12 and with COVID protocols, such as the CV, the state government said on Sunday that bubbles in place.
With 95 per cent of the population over the age of 18 vaccinated with at least the first dose and the number of new cases and people undergoing COVID-19 treatment reduced, the country has been able to ease social restrictions, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.
Against this background, the state government has decided to open schools with maximum vigilance and in a staggered manner, the prime minister said in a Facebook post.
He said that in order to keep schools operating in a safe manner, the guidelines prepared by the health and education departments must be strictly followed by the schools.
He added that schools need to implement measures to control overcrowding, maintain social distancing and ensure hygiene in classrooms and surrounding areas.
Earlier this month, the state government provided details of the preparations it has made to protect children from infection, once schools reopen.
The preparations included cleaning and disinfecting the places where children congregate and the strict implementation of the bio-bubble system.
The Ministry of Education said the school authorities have been directed to prepare and distribute the midday meal for the children as per the COVID protocol as well as to ensure that the doctor serves them.
Besides soap and sanitizer, a thermal scanner will also be arranged to check the body temperature of children, teachers and non-teaching staff in each school.
In light of the spread of COVID, the state government has been bringing online education to children in the government and helped schools for the past two academic years including this year.
On Sunday, the forum manager said that although studies were progressing well via the online method, children miss studying and playing with their friends, and therefore, the situation will change from November 1.