Delhi schools, colleges to reopen amid COVID-19 protocols from 1 Nov, says Manish Sisodia

Physical attendance will be voluntary and parents will not be forced to send their children to school as classes will be held in a hybrid mode, said the deputy chief minister

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New Delhi: The Delhi Disaster Management Authority has allowed reopening of all educational institutions from Monday (1 November) and Chhath Puja celebrations in the city amid COVID-19 strict protocols, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

Schools will have to ensure that classes are conducted in a hybrid mode which means online classes will continue, he said.

“All private and government schools can be reopened from 1 November. However, parents cannot be forced to send their ward to schools,” Sisodia said at a press conference after a DDMA meeting.

The minister said more than 50 percent of the students in a class should be called to school and all the staff are required to be fully vaccinated as soon as possible.

Sisodia said a restricted number of people will be allowed to conduct Chhath Puja at predetermined spots across the Capital.

“People are requested to follow all COVID-19 protocols and wear masks. The COVID-19 situation is under control in Delhi but one has to remain careful,” he said.

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