Updated: November 20, 2020 9:00:16 pm
Amid increasing cases of coronavirus infections in students, Haryana government Friday ordered that all private and government schools across the state shall remain shut till November 30.
Till Thursday evening, over 300 school students were found positive across various districts of Haryana. According to the State Health Department’s officials, the majority of the students who were found positive for Covid-19 were asymptomatic. Only a few had mild symptoms of cold, cough and low-grade fever.
On Thursday, Haryana’s Education Minister Kanwar Pal had hinted at possibility of closing the schools again. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar Friday took stock of the situation and held a discussion with Education Minister after which the instructions were issued by the Directorate of School Education, Haryana.
According to the instructions issued, the decision was taken amid increasing Covid-19 cases across the state.
“Keeping in mind the increasing cases of Covid-19 and health and safety of students and teachers, the state government has taken a decision that all the private and government schools of the state shall remain shut till November 30, 2020. During the period of closure, the schools will be sanitised thoroughly,” the orders issued to all the District Education Officers, school managements and principals read.
After the lockdown was imposed in March, the state had reopened schools for students of Class 9 till 12 on November 2. The students were only allowed to attend classes on the school premises with the consent of their parents.
During the time when the schools will remain shut, online teaching for all classes including 9th till 12th shall continue on the same pattern as they were being held during the lockdown period.
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