New Delhi: In a Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) meeting on Friday to review the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, the issue of re-opening of schools and educational institutions was deliberated upon in detail, reported news agency ANI. It was decided in the meeting to set up an expert committee along with Education and Health Department officials to evaluate and finalise detailed plan comprising SOPs, preparedness of schools to adhere to and implement those SOPs, vaccination of staff, addressing concerns of parents and involvement of all stakeholders. The direction was issued at the meeting chaired by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.Also Read - Over 70 Students, 3 Staff Test Covid Positive In Himachal's Mandi, School Made Micro-Containment Zone

“The issue of reopening of schools and educational institutions was deliberated upon in detail at the DDMA meeting on Friday. In accordance with the advise given by experts, it was directed to set up a committee of experts along with officials of the education and health departments to evaluate and finalize a detailed plan comprising SOPs, preparedness of the schools to adhere to and implement such SOPs, vaccination of teachers and staff of the schools, addressing concerns of parents of the students and the involvement of all stake holders in this decision,” a source said. Also Read - Kerala Lockdown Update: Kerala to Reopen Schools From November 1. Details Here

“A decision in this regard will be taken thereafter. The authority also reiterated the need for continuing the test, treat and track strategy, constant vigil and strict enforcement of COVID-19-appropriate behaviour,” the source, who was present at the meeting, added. Also Read - Karnataka Govt Distributes Free Laptops, Tabs to School Students on PM Modi's 71st Birthday

Here are other top 5 points for this big story:

  1. The Delhi government had last week sought feedback from students, teachers and parents about the reopening of schools and has received nearly 35,000 suggestions so far.
  2. Delhi was hit by a brutal second wave of coronavirus which claimed a large number of lives daily with shortage of beds and oxygen worsening the situation.
  3. Schools in the national capital were ordered shut last year in March ahead of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
  4. While several states started partial reopening of schools in October last year, the Delhi government allowed physical classes only for grades 9-12 in January this year, which were again suspended following the exponential rise in COVID-19 cases.
  5. The Delhi government, however, allowed auditoriums and assembly halls in schools to be used for training and meeting purposes, but physical teaching and learning remains suspended.

(Based on inputs from agencies)