New Delhi: Issuing a notification, the Ministry of Education on Friday said the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) will reopen with up to 50 per cent capacity for classes 9-12 from August 31. The Education Ministry said the JNVs are permitted to re-open schools by following approved SOPs. The ministry said from August 31, students will be permitted to attend the classes and stay in the hostel, only with parents’ consent.Also Read - Over 70 Students, 3 Staff Test Covid Positive In Himachal's Mandi, School Made Micro-Containment Zone

“The Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has decided to re-open the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas upto 50% capacity, in a phased manner for Classes 9-12, as per notification of States/UTs which have permitted re-opening of schools by following approved SOP  for opening schools,” the Education Ministry said. Also Read - COVID-19: R Value Drops Below 1 in September; These States Still Rank Higher | Details Here

Issuing detailed guidelines, the Ministry said that the students will be permitted to attend classes and stay in hostel only with parents’ consent. However, the provision of online classes will continue. Also Read - Kerala Lockdown Update: Theatres, Auditoriums Likely to Reopen Soon | Read Details

“Students will be permitted to attend classes and stay in hostel only with parents’ consent. Provision of online classes will continue. Arrangements are in place for providing support to ensure mental and physical health and well-being of students via proper counseling,” the Education Ministry said.

It must be noted that the JNVs are fully residential, co-educational schools affiliated to the CBSE. However, the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti is an autonomous organisation under the Ministry of Education, that manages these schools.