Schools in Delhi will continue in offline mode, but they will have to ensure that the COVID protocol is strictly followed, officials said on Wednesday.
Reports of infections from schools have raised concerns, weeks after they opened for offline classes after a gap of two years due to the pandemic. Experts are once again warning of closing schools, citing learning losses.
A senior official said, “Schools will not be closed and offline classes will continue. Schools have been asked to report all cases to the education department and ensure that the COVID protocol is strictly followed. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia is constantly monitoring the situation in schools.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), in its meeting on Wednesday, in consultation with experts, decided to bring out a separate Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for schools.
In the larger interest of students, in case of non-compliance or violation of SOPs, penalty as deemed appropriate should be imposed for creating a deterrent effect. Advised all the agencies to remain vigilant and work in coordination to tackle the situation as it emerges, he added
During the important meeting chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal, the situation of COVID in Delhi was reviewed. DDMA decides to make wearing of masks mandatory in public places and imposes a fine of ₹500 on violators.
Schools across Delhi-NCR have sprung into action following a spike in Covid cases and are taking various measures, including frequent sanitisation, to restrict the spread of the virus to a minimum and thus avoid shutdown of the campus.
The Delhi government last week issued guidelines for schools to shut down specific wing or classes wherever a student or teacher is found infected.