Odisha government allows reopening of schools for classes 6, 7

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Edited by Maitri Baral, New Delhi

On Wednesday, the Odisha government authorized the reopening of public and private schools in the state for grades 6 and 7 from November 15. Online classes will remain an option as the government has decided not to make it mandatory to attend offline classes.

According to the government decree, the teaching hour for students in grades 6 and 7 will be from 9.30 to 13.00, of which three hours will be used for teaching. Classes are closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Students will attend classes, online or offline, as agreed with their parents.

The state government also authorized the opening of dorms, and dorm managers were asked to ensure that common areas such as the dining room and toilet are properly maintained and disinfected at regular intervals.

Schools for other elementary grades have not yet opened.

In the first week of November, the Minister of School and Mass Education Samir Ranjan Dash said schools are likely to resume work after Diwali in chess uniform. Today’s government decree is the first such announcement since Diwali.

The incidence of Covid-19 in the state is declining. On Tuesday, Odisha reported 387 new positive cases of COVID and 2,980 active cases.

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