Karnataka has decided to reopen schools for classes 6 to 8 from September 6 onwards. Schools will only be allowed to reopen in areas with less than 2 per cent of positive rates. Classes will be held in batches where 50% of students will be allowed on one day while the remaining 50% will be allowed on the second day.
The decision came after a meeting between the expert panel and the government officials. Most of the states are opening schools for classes 9 to 12, however, in Karnataka considering the declining COVID-19 cases, the facility has been extended to the younger classes as well.
A 13-member advisory council was set up to study COVID-19 condition and recommend school reopening. The panel had suggested phase-wise reopening of schools. About 29 lakh children study in Classes 6 to 8 across schools in the state.