After a long time in the country’s capital New Delhi, schools have once again fully opened. Today, children seen entering most of the schools in the capital wearing masks. Before entering most of the schools, teachers and other staff seen getting the children’s hands sanitized and informing them about social distancing. Schools in the capital New Delhi fully open today after closed for 19 months.

DDMA had announced last week itself to start all classes of schools from November 1. The DDMA, in its order, said that schools will have to ensure that there no more than 50 percent attendance in a class at a time and no student should forced to attend the class directly. Earlier, in September, schools opened for students of classes IX to XII, and since then government schools have recorded more than 80 percent attendance.

Other schools will open after Diwali

The schools in Delhi that have not opened from today expected to open completely after Diwali. According to news agency Bhasha, Shalimar Bagh-based Modern Public School said that the school will reopen after Diwali. Other private schools that will reopen after Diwali include DAV Public School in Pushpanjali Enclave, Indian School in Pitampura and Bal Bharti School.

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What are the orders of DDMA

The guidelines announced by the DDMA for the reopening of schools include allowing only 50 per cent students per class, mandatory thermal screening, lunch breaks, alternate seating arrangements and prohibition of frequent visitors to the school. DDMA has said that students, teachers and non-teaching staff living in the COVID-19 containment zones will not allowed to come to schools and colleges. The order also said that the area being used for activities like ration distribution and vaccination should segregated from the area which will be used for educational activities.