With the Odisha government issuing fresh Covid-19 guidelines for August on Saturday, speculations over reopening of schools for Classes I to VIII students are now gathering pace in the State.
While announcing the guidelines for this month, the Special Relief Commissioner Pradeep Jena said the School and Mass Education department has complete authorisation to take a decision on whether to reopen schools at this juncture or not.
Reacting to the SRC’s announcement, School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash today said, “The guidelines were issued yesterday. The schools for classes 10 and 12 students have already been opened earlier, while offline classes of standard 9 students will commence from August 16.”
“Discussions are underway to reopen schools for class I to 8 students. A decision in this regard will be taken soon,” Dash told newsmen.
Notably, the Odisha government had reopened schools for class 10 and 12 from July 26 after assessing Covid-19 situation in the State.
The schools were opened strictly complying to the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) issued by the State School and Mass Education Department to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The government had however clarified that attending physical classes would be the decision of the students and their parents. Besides, online classes would continue for the rests of the students (who don't want to attend offline classes), including for classes 10 and 12.