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Kerala schools to reopen from November 1 in a phased manner, with Bio-Bubble

After a hiatus of more than a year and a half due to a coronavirus outbreak, schools in Kerala are expected to reopen on a phased basis from November 1 starting with grades 1-7, 10 and 12 and with protocols COVID, as bio-bubbles in place, the state government said on Sunday.

With 95 percent of the population over the age of 18 vaccinated with at least the first dose and a reduction in the number of new cases and people on COVID-19 treatment, the state was able to ease social restrictions, the state said. chief minister. says Pinarayi Vijayan.

In this context, the state government has decided to open schools with the utmost vigilance and in a phased manner, the CM said in a Facebook post. For schools to operate safely, guidelines prepared by health and education departments must be strictly followed by schools, he said.

He further said that schools should implement measures to control congestion, maintain social distancing and ensure cleanliness in and around classrooms. Earlier this month, the state government gave details of the preparations it had made to protect children from infection, once schools reopened.

Preparations included cleaning and disinfecting areas crowded with children and strict implementation of the bio-bubble system. School authorities were tasked with preparing the midday meal for the children and distributing them in compliance with COVID protocol in addition to providing them with the service of a doctor, the education department said.

In addition to soap and disinfectant, a thermal scanner to examine the body temperatures of children, teachers and non-teaching staff would also be installed in each school. In light of the spread of COVID, the state government has provided online education for government children and has supported schools for the past two school years, including the current one.

The CM said on Sunday that although studies were progressing well via the online method, children were missing out on studying and playing with their friends and therefore the situation would change from November 1.


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