Schools in Karnataka to reopen for students in classes 1-5 from October 25


Bengaluru, Oct 18 (IANS) Karnataka government has decided to permit Classes 1 to 5 to reopen from October 25, with strictly adherence to Covid-19 appropriate behaviour and standard operating procedures, state Primary and secondary Education Minister B.C. Nagesh announced on Monday.

He said that the decision has been taken as per the recommendation of the expert commitee on Covid-19 and as per the wishes of Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

"Another decision will be taken on November 1, to review the situation and to allow full functioning of classes," he added.


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The children will be trained for a week to create awareness on Covid appropriate behaviour by teachers. Parental consent letter for physical classes is mandatory. There shall be screening for Covid-19 symptoms on entry.

Fifty per cent of the capacity in a classroom is allowed. Provision for hand sanitisers should be made and physical distancing of 1 metre minimum as practically feasible should be maintained in class rooms. School managements should ensure no crowding, particularly at school entry and exit, Nagesh said.

The classrooms and rest rooms should be disinfected daily, and only teachers and staff who have been vaccinated with two doses of Covid-19 vaccination will be allowed. Teachers who are over 50 years of age will use a face shield too, he added.

Nagesh said that there was lot of pressure from parents of primary school children for reopening of schools. He also said that there is no plan to cut down on the syllabus.

"The teachers themselves are not in favor of reducing the syllabus and they are ready to take classes to cover portions on Sundays also," he said.

The Karnataka government has also further eased restrictions on swimming pools and at the airports for international arrivals.

It has as been decided to discontinue SPO2 routine check except in cases of fever, cough, cold, and difficulty in breathing. It was also decided to discontinue RT-PCR test report checking for arrival except for those from selected countries notified by the Centre.

The swimming pools in the state are allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity by ensuring Covid guidelines. Only persons who have taken two doses of Covid vaccine will be allowed.

 

 

 

  

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  • sumithra, Perdoor

    Wed, Oct 20 2021

    Dont start school please

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  • Praveen, Udupi, Karnataka

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    It is a short sighted and an insensible decision by the government and School. WHO have not yet declared endemic. Why there is a hurry to restart schools. The young children will become vulnerable and exposed to Covid unnecessarily. We are yet to find a proper vaccine. The Schools should have raised objection to restart. The bureaucrats and the politicians will not taken responsibility if anything happens to our children and on the contrary they will be the first to run away far off from this issue. We can still manage with online for this academic year and hopefully by that time we will have a proper or the near best vaccine available for our children and everyone. We request all the schools to re-consider their decision and be patient. Let the WHO declare the pandemic is over. There will be many parents who will be reluctant to send this children to school. Hope sense prevails and let us hope this pandemic end soon.

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  • Praveen, Udupi, Karnataka

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    This step from the Government and School is a insensible decision. WHO have not yet declared endemic and our people are in a hurry to restart schools. These young children's will become vulnerable and exposed to Covid. We are yet to find a proper vaccine to safeguard ourselves. These are immature decision and the institution should have raised objection to restart. The bureaucrats and the politicians will not taken responsibility if anything happens to our children and on the contrary they will be the first to run away far off from this issue. We can still manage with online for this academic year and hopefully a proper or the best vaccine would be available for our children. So why Rush. Please stop it.

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  • Citizen, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Haste makes waste. While adults are still getting vaccinated and can be carriers of the virus, children are most vulnerable without getting vaccinated. Govt.is in a hurry to ooem everything and set tge stage for another disaster which they cannot manage.

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  • Minu, Mangalore

    Tue, Oct 19 2021

    Good luck dear children. Study hard & do well.

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  • Jai Hind, India

    Mon, Oct 18 2021

    Good to see normal days back again 😊👍

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Thane

    Mon, Oct 18 2021

    May our Almighty take care of these Little Angles ...

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  • PITU, india

    Wed, Oct 20 2021

    Do you mean Angels?

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