After months of stability and curve flattening, the country is seeing another surge in COVID-19 cases. With the upcoming third wave and a new variant called “Omicron” on the rise, several states and UTs are already imposing curfews and restrictions. All with the sole intention of containing the spread of the virus. Big cities like Delhi and Mumbai are experiencing an exponential increase in COVID-19 infections and are therefore forced to consider strict measures and lockdowns. The only bright spot – fewer deaths are reported every day.
Given the restrictions and curfews in place, several state / UT governments are closing schools and colleges for a period of time or for an indefinite period. It follows the status of schools in the country –
|Mr. No.||State / UT||Schools close for which classes||Schools closed for what dates|
|1.||Karnataka (only in Bengaluru)||All grades except grades 10 and 12||The next two weeks|
|2.||Uttar Pradesh (Noida, Ghaziabad, Hapur and Greater Noida)||All grades up to grade 10||December 31, 2021 to January 14, 2022|
|3.||Maharashtra (Mumbai)||All grades except grades 10 and 12||Until January 31, 2022|
|4th||Bihar||Grades 1-9, higher grades, to function at 50% capacity||Until further orders|
|5.||Goa||Grade 8 and 9||Until January 26, 2022|
|6th||Haryana||All schools and colleges||Until January 12, 2022|
|7th||Delhi||All schools and colleges||Until further orders|
|8th.||Tamil Nadu||Grade 1-8||Until January 10, 2022|
|9.||Rajasthan (Jaipur)||For all classes||Until January 9th, 2022|
|10.||West Bengal||All classes||Until further orders|
|11th||Telangana||All classes||January 8th to 16th, 2022|
|12th||Jharkhand||All schools and colleges||Until January 15, 2022|
|13th||Punjab||All schools and colleges||Until January 15, 2022|
So far, only 13 out of 28 states / UTs have closed schools and other educational institutions in light of the third wave. However, most states have waived closing physical education classes to grades 10 and 12 students. In addition, states are also reviewing vaccinations for these students prior to upcoming board exams.
Governments plan to run a mass vaccination campaign, forcing grades 10 and 12 students to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in their respective schools. Although this is the idea, a precise plan of action has not yet been decided by the respective states / UTs.
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