The schools in the country have reopened partially from today, after a gap of nearly six months. The Covid-19 pandemic forced authorities to shut educational institutes across the country to contain the spread of the deadly disease which has so far infected 54,00,620 people, according to the Union Health Ministry data. As part of Unlock 4, the Centre had allowed the partial reopening of schools and said that students of Classes 9 and 12 can return purely on a voluntary basis. Different states that is Tamil Nadu, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Karnataka, Nagaland, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Haryana have decided different SOP’s on reopening of schools. The Union Health Ministry had on September 8 issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for a partial reopening of schools for students of classes 9 to 12 for taking guidance from their teachers on a voluntary basis.