In view of rising coronavirus cases in the city, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Cororation (BMC) on Tuesday asked schools to discontinue 50 per cent rotational attendance for teachers and other staff from March 17, a senior official said. Instead, schools should ask all the teachers to take their classes under the ‘Work from Home’ pattern using e- learning and online platforms till further orders, the education department of the BMC said.
Earlier, from November 18, the civic body had allowed 50 per cent of teachers and non-teaching staff to attend the schools on rotation basis for online, offline classes and other work. The latest circular said school principals and management can call one teacher and non-teaching staff to the school if there is any important work.
Maharashtra is “in the beginning of a second wave of Covid”, the Centre has told the Uddhav Thackeray-led government earlier in the day, noting the lack of Covid-appropriate behavior and “tracking and testing of cases”. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to Maharashtra Chief Secretary after the central team’s visit last week. “Maharashtra is in the beginning of a second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. There very limited active effort to track, test, isolate cases and quarantine contacts. There is no adherence to COVID appropriate behaviour among people both in rural and urban areas,” he said.