New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Schools in Bihar, Puducherry, Pune and urban and rural areas of Nashik city reopened on Monday in a "restricted manner" after staying closed for nearly 10 months ever since the central government had imposed a nationwide coronavirus-induced lockdown.

Though the situation has improved over the last few months, several states and union territories (UTs), including Delhi, are still reluctant about reopening schools amid fears of the new COVID-19 strain. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs has given its nod to reopen schools and educational institutions in a "graded manner". Here's a state-wise list on reopening of schools across the country:

Delhi

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia last month said that schools and colleges in the national capital were unlikely to reopen unless a vaccine for coronavirus arrives. He had announced on October 30 that schools will remain closed until further orders, saying parents were not in favour of sending their ward to schools yet.

Bihar

The Nitish Kumar government had allowed schools for classes 9 to 12, colleges, coaching centres, medical and engineering colleges to reopen from January 4.

The classes will commence with 50 per cent strength and all the institutions will have to follow Covid-19 protocol. The government will take a call on resuming junior classes after reviewing the situation on January 18.

As per the notification, the state education department will distribute free masks to every students and schools have been directed to follow all the guidelines pertaining to the pandemic and disaster management law along with social distancing guidelines.

Parents will have to give consent for their wards to attend the educational institutions and those choosing to attend classes online from home will be allowed to continue. Students will have to submit a self-declaration form detailing their travel history and medical condition.

Uttar Pradesh

The schools and colleges in Uttar Pradesh were reopened on December 7, with several safety guidelines set into place by the state government and the health department. It is mandatory for all students and school staff to follow strict social distancing, thermal checks at entry points and wear masks. 

Earlier this month, the Allahabad High Court expressed its concern about the reopening of schools in Uttar Pradesh amid the Covid-19 pandemic. "It has been informed that schools and colleges in the state of UP have been opened since December 7. It is a matter of concern whether the teachers and students would follow the Covid-19 guidelines. There is always a possibility that young children might violate the guidelines," a bench of justices Siddhartha Varma and Ajit Kumar observed.   

Maharashtra

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation on Tuesday announced that schools in Mumbai will remain closed till January 15 in wake of the pandemic.

The state education department had earlier allowed schools to resume physical classes on alternate days for classes 9 to 12 from November 23. Most civic corporations, including Mumbai, Thane and Nashik did not allow reopening, but schools reopen in several other parts of the state.  

The schools in the urban and rural areas of Nashik city in Maharashtra will reopen from January 4 for the students of Classes 9 to 1. The private and public schools in Pune will also reopen from January 4 for Classes 9 to 12. 

Karnataka

Karnataka will open schools for the students studying in Classes 6 to 12. The students of Classes 6 to 9 will be required to show written consent from their parents.

Madhya Pradesh

Madhya Pradesh has reopened schools for classes 10 and 12 from 18 December. Schools have been opened in Haryana for Classes 10 and 12 from December 14, whereas classes for students of classes 9 and 11 started from December 21.

Nagpur:

In Nagpur, the schools reopened from Monday for students from class 9-12. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had allowed the schools to reopen from January 4 in a restricted way.

Assam

Assam has decided to reopen the schools and all other educational institutes from January 1, 2021. All institutes from elementary to university level will be resuming normal functioning from January 1.

Puducherry

All schools across the Union Territory reopened from January 4. The schools will start with half-day classes in the starting and will resume full-day classes from January 18. 

Pune

The schools in Pune Municipal Corporation reopened from January 4. Issuing an order, the Pune Municipal Corporation stated that the schools for students of 9th to 12th standard will reopen from 4 January. 

Agartala:

Schools in Tripura's Agartala reopened for upper primary classes from January 4. The state government had issued a notice in this regard earlier.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta