Schools in Pune to reopen today

Schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad for standard 9th to 12th will reopen from Monday even as only 28 per cent schools under the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits have submitted comprehensive precautionary details.

Moreover, only 32 per cent of parents have given consent letters to send their children to school from Monday. Some schools have decided to hold alternate classes for various standards to avoid rush in the campus.

Officials said that as schools reopen, more students will start attending.

Suresh Jagtap, additional commissioner, PMC, said that of 529 schools in the PMC limits, private as well as PMC run, about 150 school managements have submitted their preparatory measures so far.

“Some of them are still submitting their reports. The details will be available in the coming days. Moreover, only 32 per cent parents with the PMC have given consent to send their children to school from January 4,” said Jagtap.

He added that so far we have received 2,835 consent from parents whose children study in Class 9 12 in PMC-run schools. There are a total of 8,759 students in these classes, said Jagtap.

He further added that over 80 per cent teachers from PMC-run schools have been tested for Covid-19 so far.

“Teachers from one of the schools tested positive for the Sars-Cov-2 virus which causes the Covid-19 infection, but they have been asked not to come to the school. The schools have also been sanitised,” said Jagtap.

“We had meetings with the headmaster and teachers’ association who have also supported us. Though there are some parents who are scared because of which the consent letters are less. But we are hopeful that more parents will agree as schools restart,” said Jagtap.

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