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Schools in Delhi to remain shut through to the end of September

Schools in Delhi will remain closed until the end of September while only classes 9-12 students can return as of 21 the month.

Youths from Merry view Tea Garden organisation attend a class as part of 'Tuition for Rs 10' project, origanized by Indian couple Anirban Nandy and Poulami Chaki Nandy for underprivileged students unable to assist online classes at Hatighisa vil

In the Indian capital's bid to curb the further spread of Covid-19, Delhi administrations issued a notification confirming that schools will remain shut through to 30 September with only students of classes 9-12 permitted to visit their schools.

Delhi's government issued a notification on Friday to confirm that the decision of keeping schools shut until the end of August is still in force in compliance with Unlock 4 guidelines issued by the Centre, with the possibility to call 50% of teaching and non-teaching staff to schools outside containment zones to give some online classes as of 21 September.

The notification also added that online and distance learning in the national capital will remain permitted and shall be continued.

As per the new order, no students are allowed to return to their schools before 20 September, however classes 9-12 students will be allowed to pay voluntary visits to their schools to seek guidance from their teachers.

Written consent of their parents/ guardians should be submitted ahead permissions will be given with effect from 21 September 2020 for which, SOP will be issued by MoHFW to be followed by the schools.

In addition, the notification implied that 50% of teaching, non-teaching staff can be called to schools outside containment zones in Delhi for online classes starting 21 September.

Delhi reported 2914 new Covid-19 cases on Friday taking the capital's caseload up to 1.85 lakh, whereas the death toll reached 4513 according to Delhi's authorities.