New Delhi (NVI): Schools in Tamil Nadu will reopen for the students of classes 10 and 12 from January 19, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced today.
In a statement issued, Palaniswami said the schools will be reopened only for classes 10 and 12 and instructed to strictly follow standard operating procedures (SOP) after the reopening of schools.
Under the SOPs, each classroom will have 25 students, all students and teachers will have to wear face masks compulsorily inside and outside the school premises.
In addition, hand sanitizers — supplied by the health department to all government schools—shall be provided in all classrooms.
The Chief Minister also said in order to boost the immunity levels, the students attending the classes will be given Vitamin and Zinc tablets by the health department.
He added that the government’s decision comes after 95 per cent of the parents had expressed in favour of reopening of the schools. “The parent’s views were taken on 8 and 9 of this month by the respective schools and a report was submitted to the state government.”
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu coronavirus cases tally stands at 8,26,943, while 12,228 people have succumbed to the deadly virus in the state.