Physical classes for standards 8th to 12th would resume everywhere in urban areas too, she added. Until now schools were conducting physical classes only in those areas which were reporting relatively fewer COVID-19 cases. Physical classes would not resume yet for standards 1st to 7th in urban areas and standards 1st to 4th in rural areas.
Though schools will reopen in the entire state, there is no compulsion for students to attend physical classes. Consent of parents will be necessary if they want to attend," the minister added. As per a survey conducted by the school education department, more than 70 per cent parents favoured reopening of schools, Gaikwad said.
Every school will have to conduct a parent-teacher meeting and apprise parents about precautions as well as the immediate steps to be taken by the school administration, she said. As to the residential schools run by the tribal development department, a separate decision will be taken by that ministry, Gaikwad said.
In rural areas classes will resume from std 5th to 12th and in urban areas from std 8th to 12th. Govt is making efforts to bring back children to schools. Local authorities have been given powers: Varsha Gaikwad, Maharashtra Minister for School Education pic.twitter.com/Zn2Y6DCVk6— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2021
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