Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday said schools will reopen for students of classes 1 to 5 in the state. In an order, later in the day, the state government said schools will open from October 25.
Issuing fresh orders, the Karnataka government instructed the schools to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and SOPs issued by the Department of Primary and Secondary Education.
As per the latest guidelines, a letter of consent from parents for physical classes has been made mandatory. There shall be screening for COVID-19 symptoms on entry. The classrooms will function at 50 per cent capacity.
Provisions for hand sanitisers, physical distancing should be put in place to ensure safety of the students. No crowd gathering will be allowed particularly at the school entry and exit gates.
The class rooms and rest rooms should be disinfected daily using 1 per cent Sodium Hypochlorite solution.
Only teachers and staff who have been vaccinated with two doses of COVID 19 vaccination will be allowed in classes 1 to 5.
There shall be additional use of face shield by teachers who are over 50 years of age.
With COVID-19 cases declining, the government had reopened schools for students of classes 6 to 8 from September 6, and for students of classes 9 to 12 from August 23.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister B C Nagesh said that no decision has been taken regarding reopening schools for LKG (Lower Kindergarten) and UKG (Upper Kindergarten) children.