Schools Closed In Odisha For Classes 9 and 11

Schools in Odisha have been closed with immediate effect for students of classes 9 and 11. The classes that had resumed recently after a long gap, are again closed after a sudden resurgence in Covid-19 cases. The Odisha state board has allowed conducting online classes for the students belonging to the academic session 2021-22 till any further orders.

No government, private, and aided schools in the state will be allowed to conduct physical classes till April 30.

The students who reside in hostels and residential schools shall return to their homes and attend online classes. Meanwhile, the students of classes 10 and 12 will continue attending physical classes at schools while taking necessary Covid-19 precautions. The Odisha state board has also issued guidelines to be followed while conducting the offline classes to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

The precautions like wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitisers are advised to the students, teachers, and school staff. Students living in hostels shall maintain hygiene and avoid crowding outside the washrooms, mess, and other common areas.

Assessing the situation, the Odisha education board had decided to promote all the students of classes 1 to 8 without examinations for the academic session 2020-21.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also issued fresh guidelines for higher education institutes including plus two colleges and degree colleges. The institutes need to ensure that students that are done with their examinations vacate the hostel premises as soon as possible. Additionally, students that are yet to appear for their exam shall occupy single rooms.

The schools in Odisha reopened for the students of Classes 10 and 12 on January 8. Meanwhile, the colleges and universities in the state reopened on January 11 for final-year students only.

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