Schools in Haryana reopened from today, December 14, for students of classes 10 and 12 appearing for board examinations next year, and for classes 9 and 11, schools will reopen from December 21.

Physical classes for the students of classes 10 and 12 will take place daily for 3 hours (10:00 am-1:00 pm), following the Covid-19 norms, the state government has informed.

In order to attend the classes, the pupils will be required to submit a medical certificate stating that their general health is fine and they do not have any coronavirus-like symptoms, the order said.

Before coming to schools, all the students will need to go for a medical check up, which will be free, at their nearest Community Health Centre, Primary Health Centre or where a doctor will examine them and provide medical certificate, it said.

The doctor needs to certify that they are free from COVID-19-like symptoms and their health is fine.

The students will require this certificate, which should not be older than four days from date of coming to school, to gain entry into the educational institution, according to the order.

Over 150 school students from three Haryana districts -- Rewari, Jind and Jhajjar -- had tested positive for the coronavirus last month after which all the schools had been closed until further orders.

Physical classes were banned since March this year by the Modi government to curb the spread of Covid-19 among students.

Schools and colleges have been taking online classes since March.

The Home Ministry earlier gave States and Union Territories the flexibility to take a decision regarding reopening of educational institutions. While some of the states have opened schools and colleges after a gap of several months, many have not reopened yet.