The union government has confirmed it is not compulsory for schools across the country to reopen on 21 September. The Unlock 4.0 guidelines, as released by the Ministry of Home Affairs earlier, allows schools to partially open for teaching and non-teaching staff as well as for voluntary attendance of students of Classes 9 to 12.
A section in the government had in August contemplated opening the schools on 1 September.
The final decision to open or not to open the schools and allow students, even voluntarily, to attend school to seek guidance, rests solely with every state government.
Many state governments have announced their decision to allow or not to allow the schools to reopen after three days. Whereas most state governments have deferred the re-opening, Haryana and Delhi governments have allowed students of Classes 9 to 12 to attend classes to seek guidance from teachers.
Here is the state-wise plan on reopening of schools 21 September onwards.
States and schools
|State||Schools Reopening Status|
|Gujarat||Gujarat government has decided against reopening schools on 21 September|
|Uttar Pradesh||Schools may remain closed throughout this month, the UP deputy chief minister has said|
|Haryana||Haryana will allow students to visit schools 21 September onwards, teachers will be tested for COVID-19|
|Kerala||No schools in September-October, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said|
|Uttarakhand||Schools will partially reopen on 21 September, may open fully after 30 September|
|Delhi||No students will be allowed till 20 September, no regular classes till 30 September|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Schools will reopen in Jammu and Kashmir on a voluntary basis from 21 September|
|Goa||The state will take a decision on 2 October|
|Andhra Pradesh||Updates Awaited|
|Arunachal Pradesh||Updates Awaited|
|Assam||Assam schools will reopen from 21 September following the state government’s guidelines and SOPs|
|Himachal Pradesh||Updates Awaited|
|Madhya Pradesh||Updates Awaited|
|Tamil Nadu||Updates Awaited|
|West Bengal||Updates Awaited|
While many states are planning to open their respective centres of education this month, some are not ready to take any risks keeping the pandemic under consideration. States that are planning to reopen schools the next week will have to follow all Ministry of Health SOPs.
The Unlock 4.0 guidelines suggest further that education centres can resume their work after 21 September for teachers and non-teaching staff under special circumstances. However, regular classes will not begin now until 30 September. The schools can resume work with 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff.
The SOPs that Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has released has forbidden sports periods, assemblies and opening of the canteens on school premises. Colleges can function for postgraduate and PhD scholars but will remain closed for others.