The Maharashtra government has announced that schools will be reopen for all classes from December 1. "After discussing with CM, cabinet & paediatric task force, state cabinet has decided to re-open schools from Std 1-4 in rural areas and Std 1-7 in urban areas from 1st Dec. We're committed to safe resumption of schools," Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad was quoted by ANI.
Earlier in October, the state government had decided to resume physical classes in schools for other classes. Gaikwad had then announced that in rural areas, classes will resume for class 5 to 12 while in urban areas, for classes 8 to 12.
While the state government is yet to release detailed SOPs, it is expected that schools will be held amid strict COVID-19 precautions. Classes will not be compulsory and special emphasis will be given to wearing of masks and maintaining social distancing. “In the next six days, the emphasis will be on acclimatising schools, parents and children towards a safe transition to physical classes as classrooms have been shut for nearly two years. We will be holding consultations with school management committees and parents," Varsha Gaikwad was quoted by network18.com.