Two rural municipalities in Kalikot district have reopened community schools amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The rural municipalities have issued a circular to educational institutions to resume classes.

"The community schools, child development centres and community education centres at Naraharinath Rural Municipality have resumed from today following health protocols against the virus, as per the decision of the district level COVID-19 Crisis Management Committee and District Health Office," said Ratna Singh Saud, chief of the education branch of the rural municipality.

"COVID-19 tests and vaccines for teachers are mandatory. The class resumption follows the directive of the CCMC to reopen classes at the local levels where the infection risks are minimal," he said.

"Issuing a circular, the rural municipality has urged Jana Prabhat Secondary School to adhere to health safety protocols," said Min Bahadur Rawal, assistant principal of the school.

"Teachers and students should mandatorily wear facemasks.

Arrangements have also been made for students to get a check-up if they show symptoms of COVID-19," he said.

Community schools in Pachaljharana Rural Municipality have reopened classes on an odd-even basis. Under the rule, odd numbered classes are run on odd days and even numbered classes are run on even days.

"The decision to resume classes comes after teaching-learning activities were affected for a long period of time due to the infection," said Man Bahadur Shahi, chief of the education section of the rural municipality.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 20 2021, of The Himalayan Times.