Thiruvananthapuram: Schools in Kerala reopened on Monday, November 1, in a staggered manner after a hiatus of more than one-and-a-half years due to the shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in early 2020.
Classes 1 to 7 as well Classes 10 and 12 are now on. They are being held in the traditional format though by adhering to the required COVID-19 protocols, with bio-bubbles in place. Praveshanolsavam, the ceremony typically held on the first day of an academic year, is being held at schools across the state to welcome back students.
The state-level Praveshanolsavam was held at the Government Higher Secondary School for Girls, Cotton Hill, in Thiruvananthapuram at 8.30 am adhering to COVID-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, offline classes for students in classes 8, 9, and 11 will start on November 15. Along with the physical classes at schools, the First Bell online classes via the KITE Victers channel and online classes through the G-Suite platform will also be available for students.
The digital classes, which were launched soon after the schools shut down last year, will be held till November 12, as per the revised schedule. The KITE Victers TV channel has been telecasting the virtual classes since the last academic year.
All Class 10 students have been given login id for online classes via the G-Suite platform. Login id will be given to around 8.6 lakh students in classes 8 and 9 by November first week.
"A total of 42,65,273 students are expected to return to the schools in the two phases," General Education Minister V Sivankutty said.