The state government on Friday issued an order extending the date for closure of physical classes for children below 12 years of age (up to Class VII) and announced that the schools shall remain closed for these students till August 7 in public interests.
The order issued by commissioner, Education-S, H Gyan Prakash stated that the government has reassessed the prevailing Covid situation in the state and the rate of vaccination of children 12 years of age and above as well.
It stated that children below 12 years of age continue to be more vulnerable to get infected by COVID-19 as they are yet to get vaccinated.
The extension was announced in view of the prevailing scenario and as a precautionary measure for the health and safety of the children below 12 years of age, it stated.
It mentioned that the state government had earlier issued an order on July 12, which stated that all schools (government/government aided/ private/ schools affiliated to CBSE, etc.) shall be closed for classes till July 24.
It further stated that Covid Appropriate Behaviour, COVID-19 SoPs and guidelines issued by the government from time to time shall be strictly observed by all concerned while conducting offline classes for Classes VIII and above which are allowed to be reopened from Monday.