After a long gap, Schools across Kerala, Tamil Nadu reopens

After a gap of one and a half years, schools in Kerala are set to reopen in a staggered manner from November 1 starting with classes with Covid protocols. The state is celebrating the return of students back to schools with ‘Pravesanolsavam’ to welcome the children in a grand manner.

The state has been able to relax social restrictions, and according to reports, the state could achieve a better vaccination process. 95 percent of the population who are over 18 years of age have been vaccinated with at least the first dose, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. Pinarayi said that during this time, guidelines prepared by the Health and Education departments need to be strictly followed by the schools.

The minister for general education, V Sivankutty urged school employees who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far to keep off the institution. Sivankutty inaugurated the function of ‘Pravesanolsavam’ in the state which was scheduled at government Higher Secondary School for Girls, Cottonhill, in Thiruvananthapuram.

Meanwhile, many parents are afraid to send their children back to school amid the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Earlier this month, the state government had given details of the preparations made to prevent children from getting sick when schools reopen. The preparations included cleaning and disinfecting places where children join and strictly implementing the bio-bubble system.

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Along with soap and sanitizer, a thermal scanner to examine the body temperature of children, teachers, and non-teaching staff would also be arranged in each school. Moreover, the neighboring state of Kerala, Tamil Nadu also set to reopen the schools for children on November 1. The Covid-19 surge resulted in the closure of schools in the state from March 2020. Though many institutions have decided to conduct physical classes by following the safety protocol, some have opted to wait and watch before following suit. Many schools are planning to welcome students with colorful classrooms, music, sweets, and new notebooks.