Delhi woke up to heavy showers on Wednesday morning, which also happens to be the first day of the reopening of schools in the national capital. Despite heavy rain, students turned up at schools to attend offline classes which were suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In some schools, very few students turned up for offline classes as teachers continued to take online classes from the classroom. At Harcourt Butler School at Mandir Marg, only five came on Wednesday morning.
A maximum of 50 percent of students per classroom is being called for offline classes by schools, according to the guidelines issued by the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday.
Girls wearing masks stand in a queue following proper social distancing norms on the first day of reopening of schools in Delhi. (Photo: Ashutosh Mishra/India Today)
The guidelines said in order to avoid crowding at the time of entry and exit of students, there should be a gap of at least one hour between the exit of the last group of the morning shift and entry of the first group of evening shifts in double shifted schools and colleges.
The guidelines also directed schools to maintain a gap between batches
Students and teachers, wearing masks and maintaining social distancing guidelines, perform stretching exercises at a school in East Delhi on Wednesday. (Photo: Ashutosh Mishra/India Today)
While students of classes 9 to 12 can attend physical classes from September 1, classes 6 to 8 may resume offline after a week.