Senior college students in Kerala packed their bags, donned their thinking caps, and headed to class on Monday after ten long months of closure due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The colleges have reopened just for students in their senior year for now. Classes will be held in two shifts and only 50 percent of the total class force will be allowed to attend to avoid overcrowding in common areas and ensure social distancing.
In Kochi, students and staff underwent temperature checks at the entrance to St Teresa’s College.
According to Lizzy Matthew, Principal of St Teresa’s College, the campus was cleaned up and all necessary sanitation procedures completed.
“The campus has been cleaned well and is hygienic. We have set up an area where students can wash their hands with soap. Although we have placed disinfectants in the classrooms, all students have been asked to bring their own disinfectants. Masks and ID cards are mandatory, ”Matthew told ANI.
“I am excited to see all my friends and see the campus. COVID-19 conditions are returning to normal, so we don’t have much to fear right now, ”said a student who came to take an exam.
In the past 24 hours, Kerala reported 4,600 new COVID-19 cases and 4,668 recoveries, the state health department reported on Sunday. There are currently 65,278 active cases in the state, while 7,07,244 patients have recovered.