New Delhi | Jagran education Desk: Nearly after 10 months of closure, the Bihar Government on Friday announced that the schools for classes 6th to 8th in the state will reopen from February 8. Schools in Bihar were closed in March when PM Modi announced a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

The state government has asked the schools to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols and safety guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for the reopening of schools in the country. Wearing face masks and maintaining appropriate distance from each other has been mandated for students and teachers. 

The state government has also directed students and teachers to mandatorily make sure that they are wearing face masks and maintaining an appropriate distance from each other after reaching the school premises.

The state government had ordered the reopening of educational institutions including schools, colleges and coaching centres from January 4 in the state for senior students. Classes for students of 9 to 12 were held with 50 per cent attendance in schools and final year students in colleges. The classes for 9-12 students were started in two shifts, with 50% of a class' capacity in each shift.

While announcing the reopening of schools for senior classes, the state government had also asked school authorities to ensure whether they have any COVID symptoms and to randomly conduct a medical examination of the students.

Sanjay Kumar, principal secretary of Bihar's department of education, had at that time said that the students will only be allowed in the school premises only if they wear face masks. Additionally, two masks will also be given to students when they reach school. 

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan