All schools in the city will continue to remain shut as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has determined to not allow reopening of schools starting November 23. The decision used to be taken by BMC as a precautionary measure to keep an eye on the spread of Covid-19 in the city.
The Maharashtra government had earlier allowed classes 9 to 12 to reopen from November 23; alternatively, the BMC has determined to not go ahead with the implementation.
BMC’s public relations branch confirmed that every one schools in the city will remain shut till December 31. A detailed circular in this regard is expected to be issued by Friday evening.
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A BMC official said, “Considering BMC is Mumbai’s native body, we have taken the decision to retain the schools shut. We have also studied the sample of Covid-19 spread in other parts of the country after schools were reopened, and hence have determined to retain them shut till December 31.”
Instances of Covid-19 cases increasing after schools were reopened have taken place in several parts of the country. For instance, Andhra Pradesh witnessed a similar trend after reopening its schools. Hence, BMC has determined that schooling via video conferencing is the better option for now, officials said.
Mumbai has over 272,000 Covid-19 cases and more than 10,600 deaths because of it. The BMC and state government both anticipate a second wave of Covid-19 post December in the city as more activities and places are unlocked.