Jammu: Schools in Jammu region reopened on Monday for formal physical classes for the first time after remaining closed since March 2020 due to COVID-19 outbreak.
Students of 9th to 12th standard were welcomed with sanitizers, masks and warm wishes by faculty and staff members.
Administrative Secretary, School Education Department, B K Singh, who visited various schools, interacted with the media at GHSS Bakshi Nagar and divulged that the students as well as parents are enthusiastic about reopening of schools. This decision to reopen schools has been taken after taking various factors into account and due deliberation.
Director School Education, Jammu, Anurdha Gupta said all the SOPs and guidelines are being followed and every care has been taken to ensure safety and security of students and staff members.
“Every crisis comes with an opportunity. While we missed on lot many things, a lot can be achieved in this year that was lost to Covid. The department, taking optimum advantage of closed school buildings, initiated several infrastructural development measures and beautified the campuses making these learning centers vibrant and student friendly”, she said.
A student said, “It has been almost a year now since the students have experienced the physical academic activity.”
“From onscreen and online classes, the students can’t get such an exposure as we experience in physical attendance,” she said.