School in AP to function for half a day as COVID cases spike

The spike in COVID cases and the rise in temperature with the advent of summer have prompted the School Education Department to run schools for half-day from April 1. Announcing this here, Education Minister Audimulapu Suresh said schools will function from 7:45 am to 12:30 pm for students of class I to X.
Mid-day meals will be served to students at 12.30 pm. All the schools have been instructed to implement COVID guidelines strictly to curb the spread of virus, besides conducting tests for students. Teachers should lay emphasis on sending students home safely after the end of school, the Education Minister said. 
Meanwhile, Minister for BC Welfare Ch. Venu Gopala Krishna held a review meeting with officials on steps to be taken to contain the spread of coronavirus in BC welfare schools and hostels. The officials should ensure that students strictly adhere to Covid norms to prot