Sri Lanka has reopened the schools fully from Monday, August 10 after keeping the students away from their schools for over four months. All the schools in that island country were shut in mid- March when Sri Lanka detected its first Covid- 19 infections. Schools were re-opened for selected grades in July but were closed again after a few days following the threat of a fresh outbreak of the virus.
Education Secretary NHM Chithrananda said, “All schools are re- opened today (Monday) with respective grades starting classes on a staggered basis.” Schools with less than 200 students will operate as it used to before the lockdown in March. They will conduct classes as usual but have to maintain the 1- meter social distancing norm. Parents are strictly advised not to send children to school if they are having fever, cough, and flu. School canteens are not permitted to open until confirmation from the health authorities on Covid- 19 being fully controlled.
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The initiative to reopen schools has been taken in the betterment of the nation as it is successful in curbing community spread of the virus. Sri Lanka has not witnessed a single community spread since the month of April.
In the first phase, students of grades 5, 11, and 13 have already resume schooling in the month of July. In the next phase, the students of grades 12 and 10 had resumed schooling from July 20 and now from August 10, schools have started functioning fully.
The health authorities have however warned that the threat of the pandemic is still not completely over. Sri Lanka has so far reported 2, 884 Covid cases including 2, 579 recoveries, and 11 deaths.