Vijayawada: The AP government has decided to go ahead with the reopening of schools and colleges, albeit with certain restrictions from 2 November.

According to the schedule announced by chief secretary Neelam Sawhney on Thursday, all schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will start functioning normally from 2 November, under the strict implementation of COVID-19 guidelines.

The reopening of educational institutions would be done in three phases. Only high schools will function for Class 9 and 10. Classes 11 and 12 (Intermediate first year and second year) would also be opened simultaneously.

However, the institutions would run the classes on alternate days and that too only for half a day. The upper primary sections of the schools for Classes 6, 7 and 8 will start from 23 November. They too will follow the half-day schedule and run on alternate days.

The same principle will be applied to other higher educational institutions like degree and post-graduation colleges, which will also start from 2 November. Their classes too would follow the half-a-day and alternate-day model.

Similarly, primary schools for Classes 1 to 5 will commence on 14 December. They too will adopt the alternate day and half-a-day teaching module.

The same guidelines will be applicable to all the government and private educational institutions, the order said.

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