After being closed for over 20 months, the Maharashtra government has decided to reopen schools from December 1. This will be applicable to both urban and rural areas. The schools will reopen amid strict covid-19 precautions. While parental consent will be mandatory. Students will also have to wear masks and follow social distancing. The decision came after a review meeting held today.
As reported by news18.com earlier, the Maharashtra health department had given its nod to the reopening of schools and the matter was awaiting the chief minister’s nod. Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope told CNN News18 said that infection rates among kids are less. “We have seen that hardly any serious cases have been reported from children. But they may end up infecting their grandparents, their comorbid family members. And that is why we have to be careful.” The department had suggested vaccinating kids in the age group of 12 to 18 years.
The announcement came after a group of 2.400 parents had written a petition to Maharashtra Cheif Minister Uddhav Thackeray urging the reopening of schools. In the letter, parents had highlighted problems related to online learning and the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of the children.