Coronavirus unlock | Schools, colleges reopened after seven months in Andhra Pradesh

Students attend classes by wearing masks, seating arranged by following COVID-19 rules.

November 02, 2020 02:35 pm | Updated 02:35 pm IST - VIJAYAWADA

Temperature of students being checked at the entrance of Rajendra Municipal High School, Anantapur on the first day of reopening of schools, on November 2, 2020.

Temperature of students being checked at the entrance of Rajendra Municipal High School, Anantapur on the first day of reopening of schools, on November 2, 2020.

After a gap of almost seven months, schools and colleges reopened in the State on Monday. High schools, junior, degree and PG colleges began half-day classes by following the COVID-19 rules.

Schools began classes for ninth and tenth classes. Attendance in some schools was thin and in some institutions the number of students was good.

Officials of School Education Department visited some government and private schools and enquired about the arrangements. Seating was arranged for only 16 students for each room and only half-day schools were being conducted, said a school headmaster.

Sanitizer bottles were kept at office rooms, corridors and in some classrooms. Students attended for classes by wearing masks and carried water bottles.

“About 5.2 lakh intermediate second year students are studying in 3,000 junior colleges in AP. Dos and Dont’s have been issued to all institutions across the State,” said Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) Secretary V. Ramakrishna.

Classes were conducted from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first day. Students can also attend classes online. All the teaching and non-teaching staff were instructed to wear masks, gloves and maintain social distance, Mr. Ramakrishna said.

At some schools and colleges, parents were seen dropping their wards on their own vehicles. However, educational institution managements were not operating school and college buses.

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