The government of Andhra Pradesh announced Thursday the reopening of all educational institutions in a phased manner with effect from November 2.
Chief Secretary of State Neelam Sawhney has issued orders to this effect. She said all schools from Class 1 to Class 12, in addition to undergraduate and postgraduate colleges, would be open with all precautionary measures in place as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said the education department had been tasked with making all necessary arrangements for the schools to operate. Schools would only operate for half a day out of two days.
In the first phase, schools will reopen on November 2 for the ninth and tenth grades. Junior colleges with classes 11 and 12 (first intermediate year and second year) would also be open simultaneously. However, classes for these students would only be run for half a day every other day.
In the second phase, schools in the upper primary sections including classes 6, 7 and 8 will be open from November 23. They will also follow a half-day program and will operate every other day.
In the third phase, primary schools from 1st to 5th grade will start operating from December 14th. They will also adopt a teaching module of one day over half a day.
Higher education institutions like undergraduate and postgraduate colleges will also start classes from November 2 using the one and half day method.
The same guidelines will apply to all public and private educational institutions, the chief secretary said.