St Joseph School in Mumbai has been sealed after 22 people including students tested positive. Out of the 22, four are below 12 years while 12 are between 12 to 18 years of age. The remaining six are above 18 years. A total of 95 people were tested for Covid-19 from the boarding school. The children below 12 years have been shifted to Nair hospital for pediatric care.
The Maharashtra State education minister Varsha Gaikwad earlier announced the reopening of schools in the state from August 17. While classes 5 to 8 had reopened in rural areas, classes 8 to 12 were to reopen in cities. Students were directed to bring consent letter from their parents.
Vaccination had been made compulsory for all teachers and staff members. Every school was directed to formulate a safe transportation plan for its students. Schools have been asked to work in shifts or alternate days.
Only 15-20 students have been advised to be present in class at a given time. As per the guidelines, one student will be seated per bench and a distance of six feet between benches must be maintained.
School hours are to be limited to three to four hours per day. Schools have been asked to provide isolation facilities and tie-up with the local health departments in case of any emergency situation.