After a hiatus of over five months due to COVID-19, schools and colleges reopened in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday.
The schools opened for classes 9th to 12th, while offline classes for colleges also commenced in the state.
In March this year with spike in COVID-19 cases, the government had ordered closure of schools.
On Wednesday, students, after a gap of five months, returned to their respective institutions and were allowed entry upon thermal screening and provision of hand sanitizers while the face-mask rule has been made mandatory, officials said.
The government, which had earlier announced resumption of schools from today, had last week issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be strictly adhered to when the classes commence from Wednesday.
The SOPs include presence of 50 per cent students at a time. The government had mandated that schools should function six days a week and classes and sections have to be split into batches of not more than 20 students per classroom, according to the SOP, which was being implemented in the educational institutions across the state.
Online or distance learning will continue to be an alternate mode of teaching and students may be permitted to attend online classes if they prefer and those willing to study from home with the consent of the parents may be allowed to do so, the government had said.
School premises should be kept clean and tidy and social distancing norms should be strictly followed to avoid crowding at the entrance, exit and inside the school, the government had stated, while allowing resumption of physical classes for students of classes IX to XII.
Similarly, colleges also commenced physical classes on a rotational basis for students studying in their respective years.(With PTI inputs)