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Here’s how Iran schools are maintaining social distancing after reopening

September 18, 2020

Schools in Iran have reopened for seven months on September 5, which were shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A picture of how a class is being conducted in Iran went viral recently. Shared on Twitter by journalist Farnaz Fassihi, the picture showed students sitting inside transparent tents with one girl in each one. The students were not were wearing masks. The journalist captioned the image as , “School in the age of pandemic in Iran.”

Here’s how Twitter users reacted:

Earlier, a school in Maharashtra – Karmavir Vidyalaya in Chandrapur district’s Madheli village reopened on July 6 with almost 15 students, all wearing masks, sitting one each per bench. The school started for only students of classes 9 and 10 for three hours a day.

Headmaster Balu Bhoyar had said, “In case a child wants to eat lunch, she is allowed to go outside alone and return. We have divided our students into two batches of nearly 15 pupils each. Four teachers cater to the classes based on the timetable.” The first day saw 50 percent attendance, it increased to about 85 percent on the second day. No parent will be allowed on premises. For students of other classes, the school launched the ‘Shikshak Vidyarthyancha Dari’ (teacher at students’ doorstep) initiative. As part of this, teachers visit villages to teach children in open spaces, while maintaining distance.

Read: US schools reopening: 97,000 children test positive for Covid-19 in just two weeks

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