Schools in Delhi will reopen from Monday for all students, with no more than 50 percent in the classroom, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today. Physical attendance will be voluntary and parents will not be forced to send their children to school as classes will be held in a hybrid mode with both in-person and online classes going on simultaneously, he said.
Delhi schools have been shut since March last year when cases of Covid were on the rise and the country went into lockdown.
All the schools and educational institutes shall be allowed to be opened, for all the classes, in Delhi from 1st Nov.— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) October 27, 2021
However, schools shall also continue online classes for the students who are not willing to attend classes offline.
Mr Sisodia said that no more than 50 percent of the students will be called to attend physical classes at a time. Schools will need to ensure that 100 percent of their staff is vaccinated. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA).
Students from only classes 9 to 12 were allowed in schools so far.
The DDMA recently met in Delhi to review Delhi's COVID-19 situation, in which the city health secretary suggested, among other measures, making vaccination mandatory for entry into malls and metro trains.
Delhi added 41 new Covid cases yesterday while no single related death was reported in the national capital for the fourth consecutive day. The positivity rate in the city is currently at 0.08 percent.