Schools in four local levels of Baitadi district that share borders with India started in-person classes from today by adhering to the health safety protocols against COVID-19.

Schools in Melauli and Purchadi municipalities, and Dilashaini and Surnaya rural municipalities have reopened after being shut down for long. The district, which has recorded 18 COV- ID-19 fatalities so far, now has 19 active cases.

In some local levels, there were no cases of COVID-19, according to Surnaya Rural Municipality Chairperson Bir Bahadur Bista.

Bista said that seats for students in the classrooms had been arranged in such a way as to ensure social distancing among students, teachers and school staffers. "The school has also arranged soaps and sanitisers to minimise the risk of infection spread," he added.

Considering the decreasing cases of COVID-19 in the district, schools in Dasarathchand Municipality, Patan Municipality, Shivanath Rural Municipality, Pancheshwor Rural Municipality, and Sigaas Rural Municipality have already begun classes physically. Similarly, classes will be run with the physical presence of teachers and students in Dogadakedar Rural Municipality from September 15, added Bista.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 13 2021, of The Himalayan Times.