Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sealed a Mumbai school after 22 people, including students, tested positive for COVID-19. Four of the 22 Covid positive students of St Joseph’s School are below 12 years of age, the other 12 students are between 12 and 18 years of age. The rest of the six are above 18 years of age. Also read- News of Maharashtra school reopening: Varsha Gaikwad made a big announcement, said classes will not resume now
So far, a total of 95 people from the boarding school have tested positive for COVID-19. Four children below the age of 12 years have been shifted to pediatric care at Nair Hospital. Also read- Schools reopen across Digihunt with strict Covid protocols. Here’s What the First Day of School Looks Like in Different States
Earlier, Maharashtra State Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad has announced the reopening of schools from August 17. The students were instructed to provide a consent form from their parents. Classes 5 to 8 have been reopened in rural areas of the city while classes 8 to 12 have been reopened in cities.
Vaccination against coronavirus has been made mandatory for all teachers and other staff members. Schools have been advised to work in shifts or alternate days. Each school has been directed to prepare a safe transportation plan for all school students. Class strength is limited to 15-20 students at a given time. According to the guidelines, one student will be seated at a distance of six feet per bench. School hours are limited to three to four hours per day. The school has been advised to provide isolation facility in case of any emergency and tie up with the nearby health departments.