Published: 31st July 2021
Schools to reopen for all classes from August 2 in Punjab amid a decrease in COVID cases
The state reported only 49 COVID cases yesterday, prompting the government to reopen schools, albiet with strict COVID-SOPs
Schools in Punjab will re-open for all classes from August 2, as per an order issued by the state government. The order also lays emphasis on adherence to COVID-19 protocols and COVID appropriate behavior inside the school premises.
The Department of School Education, Punjab is set to release further details and guidelines shortly. Schools were ordered to be reopened for classes X-XII from July 26, as per an order by the Chief Minister, Captain Amrinder Singh. While it has been said that the staff should be properly vaccinated, it hasn't been mandated as of yet. Also, attendance isn't compulsory, and online classes may well continue simultaneously.
Earlier on March 12 this year, the Punjab government had declared preparatory leave in schools for all classes due to a surge in COVID cases in the state. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 544 active Covid cases in the state while 5,82,217 patients have recovered and 16,292 patients have died due to the disease. On Friday, 49 new cases were reported. However, there was reportedly no death in the state due to COVID.