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9 students, 2 teachers test COVID-19 positive in Deesa school

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With the COVID-19 cases declining in Gujarat, the state government after many deliberations decided to reopen schools while asserting that all COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. However, opening a school in Deesa proved to be costly for the government with nine students and two teachers testing positive for the viral infection.

The emergence of so many cases from the school in Ramsan has resulted in panic among parents about the safety of their children, as well as teachers. The administration has also swung into action and has closed the school for a week. It also asked the students and teachers to undergo home quarantine in a bid to ensure that the viral infection does not spread further.

Schools, colleges reopened last month

Gujarat resumed offline classes for students of Class 10 to Class 12 and final-year undergraduate and postgraduate students from January 11, followed by Classes 9 and 11 on February 1 and first-year college classes from February 8.

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According to the state government, the number of students in Classes 9 to 12 has gradually increased from 40 per cent to 70 per cent after the resumption.

Notably, the schools were closed since the lockdown imposed by the Union government in March last year.

Classroom teaching for class 6 to 8 resumed today

Interestingly, the government has also resumed regular classroom teaching for classes 6 to 8 from today. It has clarified that attendance will not be compulsory and online classes will also continue. The government has also said that only those students who bring parents’ consent will be allowed to attend regular classes.

Schools in COVID-19 containment zones will continue to remain closed. Those students who do not wish to attend physical classes will be allowed to study with the ongoing online classes. Wearing face masks will be mandatory for students, teachers and other staff.

 

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