The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), on Thursday, approved an order allowing the reopening of schools for classes 9-12 starting January 4. The administration has established guidelines to be followed by school administrations.
“Schools will be required to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) provided by the department of education issued on November 10. Thermal scanning and disinfection are mandatory for all students and staff entering the school, ”the order said.
The Municipal Corporation in its order has asked the teachers and school personnel to undergo an RT-PCR test before joining. Previously, several parents opposed the school’s reopening and requested the administration to postpone the reopening in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the city.
Now, in a new order, PMC has made it mandatory for students to bring their parent’s written consent before joining the school. The school administration has also been advised to make the necessary arrangements to maintain social distancing in the classroom.
Previously, the state government had issued an order to reopen schools for classes 9 to 12 as of November 23. However, the state government had also allowed the local administration to take a call for their cities based on the situation on the ground.
The Pune Municipal Corporation had decided to postpone the reopening of schools twice in view of the increase in COVID cases in the city. According to data maintained by Municipal Corporation, there are around 400 private schools and 45 government-run schools in the jurisdiction of Pune Municipal Corporation.