MUMBAI: Schools across Maharashtra resumed classes from 5 to 12 on Monday after being closed for more than a month in the wake of the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic. Until now, schools only conducted physical classes in areas where relatively fewer COVID-19 cases were reported.

Last month, Maharashtra School Education Minister Barsha Gaikwad announced that physical classes would resume in schools across the state and the government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for this.

“Congratulations to all parents and students on the reopening of schools across the state today. We hope you enjoy your first day in a safe environment,” the minister said in a tweet on Monday morning.



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According to the Maharashtra government, physical sessions have started for classes 5 to 12 in rural areas and 8 to 12 in urban areas of the state.

However, physical classes for classes 1 to 4 in rural areas and classes 1 to 7 in urban areas have not started yet.

The Maharashtra education department held a meeting on Sunday to monitor the situation before resuming physical classes in schools.

“For smooth transition to physical classes, effective coordination with the health department, local administration must be maintained. We are committed to providing a conducive environment for students, many of whom will return to classes in a year and a half,” Gaikwad tweeted after the meeting.


According to the SOP issued by the state government for reopening schools, students are not required to attend physical classes. If they want to attend, they must submit a letter of consent from their parents.

Gaikwad said last month that according to a survey conducted by the Department of School Education, more than 70 percent of parents were in favor of reopening the school.

In Maharashtra, physical classes at the school were closed in March 2020 following an outbreak of the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic.

The state government in July this year allowed schools to resume physical classes in rural areas where the prevalence of Covid-1 prev was negligible. The decision mainly benefited the Vidarbha region of the state, but schools in major cities like Mumbai and Pune were closed.


The latest decision was taken after consultation with health officials as well as the state government’s Covid-1 task force, Gaikwad said earlier.

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