New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Punjab government on Saturday announced its decision to reopen the schools for all classes in the state from August 2. However, the state government has emphasised adherence to COVID-19 protocols and COVID appropriate behaviour inside the school premises.   

Directing the schools to reopen from Monday, Additional Chief Secretary of State, in his letter, however, said that all COVID-19-induced curbs will remain in force till August 10 to stem the growth of the COVID-19. Following are the points highlighted by the Punjab Chief Secretary in his letter. 

1- All schools are allowed to open for all classes from August 2 and shall follow proper protocol to ensure COVID-appropriate behaviour. Department of School Education is yet to lay out instructions in this regard

2- Implementation of directives from the MHA/state government also extends to the District authorities

3- Wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing is mandatory

4- To contain the spread of COVID-19, directives issued in the notice dated July 20, 2021, are now extended till August 10th

Schools in Punjab were closed last year when the COVID pandemic hit the country. The outbreak of the deadly virus led to several other restrictions including lockdown in the state forcing activities to shut. 

Meanwhile, Punjab reported 49 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, taking the total count to 599,053, officials said. No Covid-related death was reported on Friday. The state has 544 active cases of Covid-19 and most of the new infections are reported from Jalandhar, Ferozepur and Ludhiana. 

On July 20, the Punjab Govt had announced the resumption of offline classes for 10th and 12th from July 26. During a Covid review meeting, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said schools will be allowed to open for Classes 10 to 12, but only those teachers and staff shall be allowed to be physically present who are fully vaccinated.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan