The majority of the schools in Pune city and adjoining Pimpri Chinchwad town in Maharashtra reopened on Thursday for Classes 1 to 7, with authorities saying students were happy and excited to be back for physical sessions after a long time. Schools and other educational institutions were closed in March last year following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, and later online classes were started for students. Earlier, the schools for students of primary and middle sections in Maharashtra were supposed to reopen in the first week of December, but the decision was postponed due to the emergence of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Before opening the gates for students, the schools made necessary arrangements to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.
Authorities of various schools accorded a warm welcome to the students in the morning.The Dnyanganga English Medium School in the Sinhgad Road area was decorated with balloons and the students were greeted with flowers and chocolates. Authorities in the district have asked the schools to follow all COVID-19 protocols, while the RT-PCR test has been made mandatory for teachers and non-teaching staff who are not fully vaccinated yet. The Pune Municipal Corporation has asked school managements to complete vaccination of their staff.
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