Schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad for the 9-12 standards will reopen from Monday, though only 28 percent of schools under the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) boundaries have submitted full precautionary details.
Additionally, only 32% of parents have given consent letters to send their children to school as of Monday. Some schools have decided to offer alternative classes for various standards to avoid the rush on campus.
Officials said that as schools reopen, more students will begin to attend.
Suresh Jagtap, Additional Commissioner, PMC, said that out of 529 schools in the PMC boundaries, both private and PMC-run, about 150 school administrations have submitted their preparatory measures so far.
“Some of them are still submitting their reports. Details will be available in the next few days. Also, only 32 percent of parents with PMC have consented to sending their children to school as of January 4, ”said Jagtap.
He added that so far we have received 2,835 consent from parents whose children study in Class 9 12 in schools managed by PMC. There are a total of 8,759 students in these classes, Jagtap said.
Furthermore, he added that so far more than 80 percent of the teachers in PMC-run schools have been screened for Covid-19.
“Teachers at one of the schools tested positive for the Sars-Cov-2 virus that causes Covid-19 infection, but they were asked not to come to school. Schools have also been disinfected, ”said Jagtap.
“We had meetings with the director and the teachers’ association who have also supported us. Although there are some parents who are scared so the consent letters are minor. But we are hopeful that more parents will agree with the restart of schools, ”said Jagtap.