Schools in Haryana will reopen for students of Classes 3 to 5 from Wednesday, according to an order issued by the Department of School Education today.

The department issued orders for reopening of government and private primary schools in the state after they were closed for almost a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It said the schools in the state can function from 10:00AM to 1:30 PM.

Students who wish to take classes through the online mode, as has been the case over the last 10 months, can continue doing so.

Necessary protocols laid down by the government over COVID-19 will be followed. Schools have been asked to check the temperature of students and teachers before they enter the campus, and those displaying high temperatures will be denied entry.

Haryana schools reopened for higher classes in December last year while students of Classes 6 to 8 were allowed to attend from February 1 this year. The schools have been asked to follow guidelines related to face masks, sanitisers and social distancing.

Each school will be divided into three wings. If a student in a wing is found to be COVID-19 positive, that wing will be closed for 10 days and the entire school will be sanitised, an official statement said. If students in more than one wing are found to be COVID-19 positive, the entire school will be closed for 10 days, it said.

Haryana recorded 106 fresh COVID-19 cases today that took its tally to 2,69,836. The death count remained unchanged at 3,042 as no new fatalities were reported, according to a state health department bulletin.

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